Candida auris Outbreak in a COVID-19 Specialty Care Unit – Florida, July-August 2020

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2021 Jan 15;70(2):56-57. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm7002e3.

ABSTRACT

In July 2020, the Florida Department of Health was alerted to three Candida auris bloodstream infections and one urinary tract infection in four patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) who received care in the same dedicated COVID-19 unit of an acute care hospital (hospital A). C. auris is a multidrug-resistant yeast that can cause invasive infection. Its ability to colonize patients asymptomatically and persist on surfaces has contributed to previous C. auris outbreaks in health care settings (1-7). Since the first C. auris case was identified in Florida in 2017, aggressive measures have been implemented to limit spread, including contact tracing and screening upon detection of a new case. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, hospital A conducted admission screening for C. auris and admitted colonized patients to a separate dedicated ward.

PMID:33444298 | PMC:PMC7808709 | DOI:10.15585/mmwr.mm7002e3