Tackling an Invasive, Emerging, Multi-drug Resistant Yeast: Candida auris — What Healthcare Providers Need to Know
Date:Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Candida auris, an emerging multidrug resistant fungus that can cause invasive infections with high mortality, has been associated with outbreaks in healthcare settings. C. auris was first described in 2009, after being isolated from external ear canal discharge of a patient in Japan. Since then, reports of C. auris infections, including bloodstream infections, have been noted from over a dozen countries—and it has now been found in the United States. As of July 14, 2017, 98 cases have been reported to CDC.
The emergence of C. auris raises several serious concerns for public health. First, many isolates are multidrug-resistant, with some strains having elevated minimum inhibitory concentrations to drugs in all three major classes of antifungal medications, a feature not found in other clinically relevant Candida species. Second, C. auris is challenging to identify, requiring specialized methods like MALDI-TOF or ribosomal DNA sequencing. When using common biochemical methods such as analytical profile index strips or the VITEK 2, C. auris is often misidentified as other yeasts (most commonly Candida haemulonii, but also Candida famata, Rhodotorula glutinis). Finally, C. auris has caused outbreaks in health care settings, spreading from patient to patient, and contaminating healthcare environments. During this COCA call, clinicians will learn about the updated identification, treatment, and infection control recommendtions for C. auris.
Tom Chiller, MD, MPHTM
Chief, Mycotic Diseases Branch
Office of Infectious Disease
National Center for Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:
- Describe the epidemiology of C. auris.
- Explain the guidance for diagnosis and treatment of C. auris.
- Explain the infection control recommendations for containing C. auris.
- Audio conference call on Wednesday, 08/15/17: 2:00 - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
- Web-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 08/15/17
- Materials: PowerPoint slide set
- Candida auris
- Recommendations for Identification of Candida auris
- Recommendations for Treatment of Candida auris
- Recommendations for Infection Control of Candid auris
- MMWR Notes from the Field: Ongoing Transmission of Candida auris in Health Care Facilities — United States, June 2016–May 2017
- Think Fungus: Fungal Disease Awareness Week
- Clinical Alert to U.S. Healthcare Facilities—June 2016
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“WD2286” for attendees who participate in the online presentation (must be completed by September 15, 2019)
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