Candida auris: What We Need to Know in Healthcare Settings

  • Cima Nowbakht
  • Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner
Treatment and Prevention of Hospital Infections (D Vilar-Compte, Section Editor)
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Purpose of review

Candida auris is an emerging pathogen characterized for its difficult identification, rapid nosocomial spread, and limited treatment options. Data is currently limited; however, this will change as the pathogen’s prevalence increases. The goal of this review is to provide a concise summary of the available data to manage a possible C. auris infection.

Recent findings

Candida auris has been rapidly spreading globally and has been evading popular identification methods with MALDI-TOF being the only successful modality as long as the “research use only” database is used. Echinocandins are the treatment of choice; however, all isolates should have susceptibilities performed as there have been reports of resistance to all antifungal classes. Several hospital outbreaks have occurred; thus, all patients should be isolated with appropriate terminal cleaning.


Atypical or suspicious Candida isolates should be identified by MALDI-TOF. Most Candida auris strains are resistant to azoles; therefore, the suggested empirical treatment is an echinocandin. Echinocandin-resistant strains have been reported, and in those cases, a polyene is preferred. Strict contact precautions are recommended while in the hospital due to high levels of nosocomial transmission.


Candida auris Epidemiology Candidemia Infection control Nosocomial transmission 


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Conflict of interest

Cima Nowbakht declares that she has no conflict of interest. Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner has received research grants and/or consulting honoraria and lecture fees from Merck, Pfizer, Astellas, Scynexis, and Cidara.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TexasHoustonUSA

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