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Candida auris Isolates Resistant to Three Classes of Antifungal Medications — New York, 2019

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) (CDC) January 10, 2020 V.69 N.1 P-6-9

What is already known about this topic?

Candida auris is an emerging yeast that is often drug-resistant.

What is added by this report?

Three chronically ill patients in New York were identified as having pan-resistant C. auris after receipt of antifungal medications. No transmission of the pan-resistant isolates was found in patient contacts or the facility environments.

What are the implications for public health practice?

Three years after the first identification of C. auris in New York, pan-resistant isolates remain rare. Continued surveillance for C. auris, prudent antifungal use, and susceptibility testing for all C. auris clinical isolates (especially after patients have been treated with antifungal drugs) are needed.

Candida auris is a globally emerging yeast that causes outbreaks in health care settings and is often resistant to one or more classes of antifungal medications (1). Cases of C. auris with resistance to all three classes of commonly prescribed antifungal drugs (pan-resistance) have been reported in multiple countries (1). C. auris has been identified in the United States since 2016; the largest number (427 of 911 [47%]) of confirmed clinical cases reported as of October 31, 2019, have been reported in New York, where C. auris was first detected in July 2016 (1,2). As of June 28, 2019, a total of 801 patients with…..



January 9, 2020 at 3:22 pm

First reported case of Shewanella haliotis in the region of the Americas — New York, December 2018.

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep December 20, 2019 V.68 N.50 P.1168-1169

Liu D et al.

On December 18, 2018, a man aged 87 years was evaluated in a hospital emergency department in Flushing, New York, for right lower abdominal quadrant pain.

Evaluation included a computed tomography scan, which showed acute appendicitis with multiple abscesses measuring ≤3 cm.

The patient was admitted, a percutaneous drain was placed, and 5 mL of an opaque jelly-like substance was aspirated and sent for culture and testing for antimicrobial sensitivities…..


January 9, 2020 at 9:00 am


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