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  • Candida auris Information for Providers

    For general information, see our Candida auris page.

    Candida auris is a fungus that can cause life-threatening infections.

    It affects people with serious health conditions in hospitals and nursing homes. A Pierce County man tested positive for Candida auris (C. auris) in July 2023. We suspect it is spreading locally.

    C. auris colonizes the skin and other parts of the body.

    Healthcare workers can spread the fungus on their hands and other contaminated objects in healthcare settings.

    Good infection practices help prevent C. auris transmission.

    Ensure you use proper infection prevention techniques.

    • Review policies and practices, including:
      • Hand hygiene.
      • Transmission-based precautions.
      • Environmental cleaning.
      • Cleaning and disinfecting reusable medical equipment.
    • Use contact precautions and place C. auris-colonized patients in a single room whenever possible.
    • Use disinfectants effective against C. auris.
    • When you admit and discharge between facilities, get and give information about C. auris colonization and infection.
    • Ask us for an Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) visit that focuses on C. auris and other drug-resistant organisms.

    Report C. auris within 24 hours.

    To report a case, visit our Report Notifiable Conditions page or call (253) 649-1413.

    Resources

    Local C. auris identification.

    Reporting.

    Other resources.