Candida Auris

Candida auris is a species of fungus which grows as yeast, first described in 2009. It is one of the few species of the Candida genus which cause candidiasis in humans. Candidiasis is often acquired in hospitals by patients with weakened immune systems. C. auris can cause invasive candidiasis in which the bloodstream (fungemia), the central nervous system, and internal organs are infected. It has recently attracted increased attention because of its multidrug resistance. Treatment is also complicated because it is easily misidentified as other Candida species. C. auris was first described after it was isolated from the ear canal of a 70-year-old Japanese woman at the Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Hospital in Japan in 2009. The first cases of disease-causing C. auris were reported from South Korea in 2011, spread across Asia and Europe to arrive in the U.S. in 2016.

Candida auris is one of the few Candida species which can cause candidiasis in humans. Candidiasis is often acquired in hospitals by patients with weakened immune systems. It can cause invasive candidiasis, in which the blood stream is invaded (fungemia), the central nervous system, kidneys, liver, bones, muscles, joints, spleen, or eyes. C. auris has attracted increased clinical attention because of its multidrug resistance.

Treatment is complicated because C. auris is easily misidentified as other Candida species.[4][5] A brief outline of its clinical relevance as of 2016, understandable by general audiences, was published by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

References:
1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candida_auris.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1201971217302230

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