Candida auris: Update on Current U.S. Epidemiology, Clinical
Profile, Management, and Control Strategies
June 20, 2019
2:00-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
(C. auris) is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global
health threat. CDC is concerned about C. auris for 3 main reasons:
- It is often multidrug-resistant, meaning multiple
antifungal drugs are less or not at all effective in treating C.
- It is difficult to identify with standard
laboratory methods, and it can be misidentified in labs without
specific technology. Misidentification may lead to inappropriate
- It has caused outbreaks in healthcare settings. It
is important to quickly identify C. auris in a hospitalized
patient so that healthcare facilities can take special precautions to
stop its spread.
Most C. auris cases in the United
States have been detected in the New York City area, New Jersey, and the
Chicago area. Clusters of cases have also recently been described in
Florida, Texas, and California. C. auris cases in the United States
are originally a result of inadvertent introduction into the United States
from a patient who had received healthcare in a country where C. auris
has been reported. Most cases now are a result of local spread after such
During this COCA Call, CDC presenters will
- Provide an update on the current status of C. auris
- Explain why it is a public health threat
- Review current U.S. epidemiology and resistance
patterns to antifungal drugs
- Discuss clinical considerations when treating
patients for C. auris
- Lay out steps for identifying and controlling C. auris
are unable to attend this live COCA Call, the webinar will be available on-demand a few days
after the call takes place. Free continuing education (CE) will be available
until July 2021.
On-Demand COCA Calls - Free CE
COCA Calls offer the most up-to-date
information and guidance for clinicians about key emergency preparedness
and response topics and emerging public health threats. If you were unable
to attend a live call, archived COCA Calls are available on-demand. Free CE is available for most COCA Calls.
Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources
Preparedness and Response
page features scheduled and on-demand access to information on emergency
preparedness and response training resources that CDC, other federal
agencies, and COCA partners offer—be sure to check out these valuable
partners, do you have a training course that is related to emergency
preparedness and response? If so, let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include your course!
Conference and Training Opportunities
The Conference and Training Opportunities webpage is updated
to include conferences from June–December 2019. This page features
scheduled and on-demand emergency preparedness and response training
resources offered by CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners.
June COCA Partner Spotlight
COCA is pleased to
feature the National Medical Association (NMA) in our June COCA Partner Spotlight! NMA is the
largest and oldest national organization representing African American
physicians and their patients in the United States. NMA is committed to improving
the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its
membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy,
research, and partnerships with federal and private agencies.
mission is to advance the art and science of medicine for people of African
descent through education, advocacy, and health policy to promote health
and wellness, eliminate health disparities, and sustain physician
hosting their Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly July 27-31, 2019
in Honolulu, HI. To learn more about NMA, visit their website and like them on Facebook.
with professional healthcare associations are vital to CDC’s ability to
share information with clinicians about public health emergencies, CDC
guidance, health alert messages, and training opportunities.
Other Training Opportunities
Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) Online Training Course
Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) Online Training Course
educational offering is to provide a recommended health monitoring and
surveillance framework, referred to as the Emergency Responder Health
Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) system, which includes specific
recommendations and tools for all phases of a response, including the
pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment phases.
conclusion of the course, the participant will be able to accomplish the
- List and describe the steps in the ERHMS process.
- Describe pre-deployment activities, including
rostering, training, and pre-deployment health screening.
- Describe how to perform monitoring and ongoing
assessment of responders during emergent events.
- Describe how to capture data to identify which
responders would benefit from medical referral and long-term health
- Select and implement strategies to prevent or
detect disease in the target population.
Free CE for this training is available until July
Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on
major public health issues. The Grand Rounds sessions also highlight how
CDC and its partners are already addressing these challenges and discuss
recommendations for future research and practice. Visit Grand Rounds On-Demand to browse upcoming
and previous presentations. Free CE is available for most topics.
Looking for training on other public health topics? CDC TRAIN, CDC's online
learning system, provides access to more than 1,000 courses that CDC
programs, grantees, and other funded partners have developed. CDC has
approved and verified courses offered by CDC providers.
Learning Connection’s June Courses:
CDC Learning Connection features quality public health learning
opportunities from CDC, other federal agencies, and federally funded
partners. Through monthly website features, social media, and an
e-newsletter, the CDC Learning Connection keeps you informed about public
health trainings, including many that offer free CE.
your summer by taking one of the CDC Learning Connection’s featured
- Did you know a validated instrument such as the PEG
Assessment Scale can help you quickly assess and monitor patients with
chronic pain? Learn additional best practices with the Applying
CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids
training series. Earn free CE .
- How do we know if something causes a disease or
improves health? Learn seven guidelines that can help you determine
causality with the Cause
and Effect in Epidemiology training from the Northwest
Center for Public Health Practice.
for a free monthly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on public health
trainings from CDC, other federal agencies, and federally funded partners.
Clinician’s Corner Featuring David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP
Welcome to the
Each month we
feature a CDC clinician, a clinician who has collaborated with COCA, or
someone who has presented on a COCA Call. This month, we’re featuring David
J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP.
J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP established and directs the National Center for
School Crisis and Bereavement, located at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of
Social Work in the University of Southern California. He is Professor of
the Practice in Social Work and Pediatrics at the University of Southern
California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
more than 30 years, he has provided consultation and training to schools on
supporting students and staff at times of crisis and loss in the aftermath
of numerous school crisis events and disasters in the United States and
abroad. He has also provided training on school and community shootings and
stabbings; flooding from Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Hurricane Sandy in
New York City and New Jersey, and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans;
tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and Alabama; wildfires; and the 2008
earthquake in Sichuan, China.
the training for school crisis response teams for the New York City
Department of Education after the events of September 11, 2001. Dr.
Schonfeld frequently speaks on the topics of crisis and loss and has
authored more than 100 scholarly articles, book chapters, and books. He has
conducted school-based research involving children’s understanding of and
adjustment to serious illness and death and school-based interventions to
promote adjustment and risk prevention.
Schonfeld is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Disaster
Preparedness Advisory Council and the National Biodefense Science
Board/National Preparedness and Response Science Board. He served as a
Commissioner for both the National Commission on Children and Disasters and
the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission in CT; and as President of the Society
for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics from 2006-2007.
Listen to Dr. Schonfeld speak during a COCA
Call about primary care providers’ role in supporting children,
families, and professional self-care following hurricanes and other
. Free CE is available until November 26, 2019.
2019 "Pink Book Wednesdays" Webinar Series
offering a weekly one-hour series of 15 webinars that will provide an
overview of vaccination principles, general recommendations, immunization
strategies, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and
the vaccines that prevent them.
webinar will explore a chapter from the 13th edition of Epidemiology and
Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (the Pink Book) and also
include updated information from recent Advisory Committee on Immunization
Practices meetings and votes.
webinars started on June 5, 2019, and will air live most Wednesdays from
12–1 p.m. ET through September 25, 2019. Please visit the Pink Book webinar web page for the schedule and
additional information. Continuing Education (CE) will be available for
The Emergency Risk Communication
Branch in the Division of Emergency Operations, Center for Preparedness and
Response is responsible for the management of all COCA products.
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