Case Count Updated: July 14, 2017
Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. Healthcare facilities in several countries have reported that C. auris has caused severe illness in hospitalized patients. Some strains of C. auris are resistant to all three major classes of antifungal drugs. This type of multidrug resistance has not been seen before in other species of Candida. Also of concern, C. auris can persist on surfaces in healthcare environments and spread between patients in healthcare facilities. CDC has developed identification, treatment, and infection control recommendations to help prevent the spread of C. auris.
CDC encourages all U.S. laboratory staff who identify C. auris to notify their state or local public health authorities and CDC at firstname.lastname@example.org.