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

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. January 10, 2020 V.69 N.1 P.6-9.  

Ostrowsky B, Greenko J, Adams E, Quinn M, O’Brien B, Chaturvedi V, Berkow E, Vallabhaneni S, Forsberg K, Chaturvedi S, Lutterloh E, Blog D; C. auris Investigation Work Group.


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 C. auris were identified in New York, based on clinical cultures or swabs of skin or nares obtained to detect asymptomatic colonization (3).

Among these patients, three were found to have pan-resistant C. auris that developed after receipt of antifungal medications, including echinocandins, a class of drugs that targets the fungal cell wall.

All three patients had multiple comorbidities and no known recent domestic or foreign travel.

Although extensive investigations failed to document transmission of pan-resistant isolates from the three patients to other patients or the environment, the emergence of pan-resistance is concerning.

The occurrence of these cases underscores the public health importance of surveillance for C. auris, the need for prudent antifungal prescribing, and the importance of conducting susceptibility testing on all clinical isolates, including serial isolates from individual patients, especially those treated with echinocandin medications.

This report summarizes investigations related to the three New York patients with pan-resistant infections and the subsequent actions conducted by the New York State Department of Health and hospital and long-term care facility partners.


January 30, 2020 at 3:42 pm

From contamination to infective endocarditis—a population-based retrospective study of Corynebacterium isolated from blood cultures.

European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases January 2020 V.39 N.1 P.113-119   

Corynebacterium is a genus that can contaminate blood cultures and also cause severe infections like infective endocarditis (IE).

Our purpose was to investigate microbiological and clinical features associated with contamination and true infection.

A retrospective population-based study of Corynebacterium bacteremia 2012–2017 in southern Sweden was performed.

Corynebacterium isolates were species determined using a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS).

Patient were, from the medical records, classified as having true infection or contamination caused by Corynebacterium through a scheme considering both bacteriological and clinical features and the groups were compared.

Three hundred thirty-nine episodes of bacteremia with Corynebacterium were identified in 335 patients of which 30 (8.8%) episodes were classified as true infection.

Thirteen patients with true bacteremia had only one positive blood culture. Infections were typically community acquired and affected mostly older males with comorbidities.

The focus of infection was most often unknown, and in-hospital mortality was around 10% in both the groups with true infection and contamination.

Corynebacterium jeikeium and Corynebacterium striatum were significantly overrepresented in the group with true infection, whereas Corynebacterium afermentans was significantly more common in the contamination group. Eight episodes of IE were identified, all of which in patients with heart valve prosthesis.

Six of the IE cases affected the aortic valve and six of seven patients were male. The species of Corynebacterium in blood cultures can help to determine if a finding represent true infection or contamination.

The finding of a single blood culture with Corynebacterium does not exclude true infection such as IE.



January 19, 2020 at 8:08 pm

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

MMWR. 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.



January 18, 2020 at 6:13 pm

Dalbavancin for treating prosthetic joint infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria: A proposal for a low dose strategy. A retrospective cohort study

Revista Española de Quimioterapia Diciembre 2019 V.32 N.6 P.532-538


Las bacterias grampositivas son la principal causa de infección periprotésica (IPP). Dalbavancina es un lipoglicopéptido con interesantes propiedades farmacocinéticas y una importante actividad bactericida frente a la mayoría de gram positivos. Aunque aún necesitamos mayor evidencia en relación con su uso en infección osteoarticular, estudios recientes sugieren un papel importante de dalbavancina en la IPP.


Desde el 1 de Junio de 2016 al 1 de Mayo de 2018, todos los pacientes diagnosticados con IPP y tratados con dalbavancina sola o en combinación con otros fármacos fueron evaluados de forma retrospectiva. La sensibilidad a dalbavancina de los aislamientos fue evaluada según las recomendaciones de CLSI. El objetivo primario fue determinar la eficacia y tolerabilidad del fármaco en pacientes con IPP. Se realizó un análisis de coste siguiendo la metodología descrita en el estudio DALBUSE.


Dieciséis pacientes fueron tratados con dalbavancina, ocho con infección de prótesis total de cadera y ocho con infección de prótesis total de rodilla. Staphylococcus spp. y Enterococcus spp. fueron los microorganismos implicados. No hubo efectos adversos relevantes. La infección se resolvió en 12 pacientes. En dos pacientes el tratamiento falló, y otro paciente falleció por causas no relacionadas. Un paciente es actualmente en tratamiento supresor por infección por diseminación hematógena de prótesis total de rodilla a partir de endocarditis protésica aórtica. Tras la discontinuación de dalbavancina, y exceptuando los pacientes fallecidos y/o con fallo terapéutico, el seguimiento medio fue de 503 dias (rango intercuartílico 434.5-567 dias). Se estimó un ahorro de 264.769 dólares USA.


Este estudio sugiere que dalbavancina para el tratamiento de IPP causada por microorganismos gram positivos es segura y una opción eficaz que reduce la estancia hospitalaria y los costes. Se precisan más comunicaciones para confirmar estos datos.


December 29, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Highlights of Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria: 2019 Update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice November 2019 V.27  N.6  P.308-309


Politis, Paula A.; File, Thomas M. Jr

Asymptomatic bacteriuria is a common cause of unnecessary antimicrobial use. The Infectious Diseases Society of America has published an update of the clinical practice guideline for the management of asymptomatic bacteriuria. The guideline provides recommendations for avoidance of antimicrobial use for the great majority of patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria. Included in the recommendations is to refrain from screening with urinalysis and/or urine culture for older patients with cognitive impairment or fall and rather to look for alternative causes of altered mental status (eg, dehydration, metabolic causes, medication effects).



December 29, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Dilute Povidone-Iodine Solution Prevents Intraoperative Contamination of Sterile Water Basins During Total Joint Arthroplasty

Journal of Arthroplasty January 2020 V.35  N.1  P.241–246


Periprosthetic joint infection is a major complication of total joint arthroplasty (TJA). The intraoperative splash basin has been found to be a potential source of contamination. Although consensus recommendations against the use of splash basin have been made, splash basin use continues to be taught and utilized in practice. This study aims to investigate the effect of dilute betadine addition to the sterile water (SW) contents (0.02% solution) of the splash basin on contamination rates. This intervention could preserve the functionality and preferential use of the splash basin. The primary outcome of this study is the rate of splash basin contamination, with secondary outcomes of prevalence of culture speciation and mean operative times association with the rate of positive cultures.


Patients undergoing primary TJA were enrolled in a randomized controlled trial with assignment to either the intervention/betadine group, in which dilute betadine was added to the standard SW splash basin, or the control/standard SW group. For a total cohort of 104 patients, a 120 mL aliquot sample of basin fluid was collected at incision (“preprocedure”) and closure (“postprocedure”). Samples were cultured and monitored for 48 hours for growth, with further testing as necessary to identify microbial speciation.


Of the final 100 postprocedure samples, 0 (0.0%) were positive in the betadine group, while there were 23 (47.9%) positive samples in the SW group (P < .001). Of the positive cultures, the most common species grown were coagulase-negative Staphylococcus, Corynebacterium, and Micrococcus. The mean operative time was an average of 11 minutes longer for cases with positive cultures.


In conclusion, treating SW splash basins with dilute povidone-iodine (0.02% solution) eliminates intraoperative contamination of splash basins in TJA procedures. This intervention is simple, low cost, and readily implementable, making it a reasonable addition to TJA protocols.

Level of Evidence

Level 1, Controlled Laboratory Study.


December 29, 2019 at 2:11 pm

Differences in Diagnostic Properties Between Standard and Enrichment Culture Techniques Used in Periprosthetic Joint Infections

Journal of Arthroplasty January 2020 V.35  N.1  P.235–240


Culture-negative infections can complicate the diagnosis and management of orthopedic infections, particularly periprosthetic joint infections (PJIs). This study aimed to identify differences in rate of detection of infection and organisms between cultured using standard and enriched methods.


This retrospective, cross-sectional study evaluated PJI samples obtained between January 2013 and December 2017 at Yokohama City University Hospital. Samples were assessed using standard and enrichment culture techniques. White blood cell counts, C-reactive protein levels, type of microorganism (coagulase-positive or coagulase-negative), and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus were investigated.


A total of 151 PJI samples were included in the analysis; of these, 68 (45.0%) were positive after standard culture while 83 (55.0%) were positive only after enrichment culture. The mean white blood cell counts and C-reactive protein levels were significantly lower in the enrichment culture group than in the standard culture group (P < .01). The rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus and coagulase-negative Staphylococci was significantly higher in the enrichment culture group than in the standard culture group (P < .01).


The enrichment culture method has a higher rate of detection of infection than standard culture techniques and should, therefore, be considered when diagnosing orthopedic infections, particularly PJI.


December 29, 2019 at 2:06 pm

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