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  • Candida auris

    A Pierce County man tested positive for Candida auris colonization on July 13, 2023. This may be the first locally acquired case in Washington. See our news release for more information.

    What you should know.

    Candida auris (C. auris) is a fungus that can cause serious infection. It usually affects people who are sick from other medical conditions. It can spread in healthcare facilities and nursing homes.

    C. auris is dangerous because it’s:

    • Often resistant to medicines.
    • Difficult to identify.
    • A cause of serious infections.
    • Becoming more common.

    If you test positive for C. auris, tell your healthcare provider or nursing home staff.

    Family and visitors can help stop the spread.

    When you visit someone in a nursing home or hospital, thoroughly wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after your visit.

    If you’re healthy, you’re unlikely to get C. auris infection.

    We’re still learning about C. auris.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is studying how to treat C. auris and prevent the spread.