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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 27, 2017

Drug-Resistant Fungus Arrives in US

JAMA. 2017;317(24):2477. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.7238

Multidrug-resistant Candida auris is making its way through US health care facilities, according to reports submitted to the CDC from 7 states. It was only a year ago that the agency warned of international outbreaks with high mortality rates and the possibility of similar cases cropping up in the United States.

As of mid-May, the CDC had received reports of 77 C auris infections from New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma. The vast majority of cases were in the New York City metropolitan area. Nearly all of the patients had multiple underlying medical conditions and spent considerable amounts of time in health care facilities. Screening other patients on the same wards in acute care hospitals or long-term care facilities turned up another 45 patients colonized with C auris, for a total of 122 patients affected.

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