The global spread of Candida auris
April 8, 2019 -- The Candida auris fungus, which preys on people with weak immune systems and is often acquired in hospitals, is spreading across the globe.
Healthcare units in several countries are reporting a type of yeast called Candida auris is causing severe illness in hospitalised patients. In some people, the yeast can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, causing serious infections.
Oftentimes the yeast does not respond to commonly used antifungal treatments, making infections difficult to deal with.
Patients who have been hospitalised for a long time and have catheters or other lines and tubes entering their bodies, or those that have previously received antibiotics or antifungal medications, appear to be at highest risk of infection.
Special laboratory methods are needed to accurately identify C. auris as conventional lab techniques can lead to misidentification – making it difficult to control the spread of the fungus within hospitals.