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Candida auris (C. auris) infection prevention and control

C. auris is an emerging multidrug resistant yeast (sometimes called fungus) that can cause invasive infections that may be extremely difficult to treat. These infections more commonly occur in hospitalised patients, residents of long term care facilities and those with significant medical co-morbidities. C. auris can be spread from person to person and can survive on surfaces for lengthy periods if they are inadequately cleaned and disinfected.

C. auris has been isolated in health care settings across the world and more recently in Australia. Given its relative recency, information about best practice for the management and prevention of C. auris infection, colonisation and cleaning and disinfection may change. As new information becomes available, this page will be updated.

Last updated: 20 December 2019