Indiana Academy of Family Physicians

 

Identification Of Candida Auris Case In Indiana

Published Friday, April 21, 2017

Indiana Health Alert Network Advisory—April 21, 2017

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was recently notified by a hospital laboratory of a Candida auris case in an Indiana resident. The specimen was confirmed at the ISDH Laboratories and sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for additional testing.

C. auris is an emerging pathogenic yeast that can cause an invasive infection, particularly among immunocompromised patients. C. auris is a public health concern due to its potential for multi-drug resistance and its rapid appearance in many parts of the United States. C. auris infections have also been reported in more than a dozen other countries. Outbreaks of this organism have occurred in healthcare settings, so rapid identification and communication of positive findings is essential.

Read the full alert (PDF file).