What Is Candida Auris?

Candida auris explained

By Blessy Augustine Updated: May 27, 2019 14:29:08 IST
What Is Candida Auris?

Candida auris is an infectious yeast that was first identified in 2009 in Japan. It is difficult to identify using standard laboratory methods and does not respond to commonly used antifungal drugs. People who have spent a long time in a health-care facility, especially if they had a catheter or other tubes attached to their bodies during their stay, or have previously received antibiotics or antifungal drugs seem to have a higher risk of being infected. A 2015 study, which analyzed samples of patients from 27 intensive care units in India, reported a 5.3 per cent prevalence. The fungus was recently identified as a grave global health threat by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been 587 confirmed cases in the US in the last few years.

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