​CDC Message: ​Increasing Threat of Spread of Antimicrobial-resistant C. Auris

Posted on April 08, 2023

Candida auris (C. auris), an emerging fungus considered an urgent antimicrobial resistance threat, spread at an alarming rate in U.S. healthcare facilities in 2020-2021 according to CDC data published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The rapid rise in cases and geographic spread emphasize the need for continued surveillance, expanded laboratory capacity, quicker diagnostic tests, and robust infection prevention and control.

Infection prevention and control is critical to helping stop the spread of C. auris in healthcare facilities. C. auris can be found on the skin, as well as dry surfaces and devices in the healthcare environment. This is why healthcare workers should follow the recommended infection control actions, like regularly cleaning hands, cleaning and disinfecting often, and using the right transmission-based precautions.

Attached you will find the pathogen table for C. auris to help you plan for any relevant communications activities.​