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News From the Food and Drug Administration
June 5, 2018

New Test Identifies Candida auris

JAMA. 2018;319(21):2164. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.6922

A test that’s capable of identifying hundreds of organisms has received FDA approval to detect 1 more—Candida auris, a potentially fatal emerging pathogen that often is multidrug resistant.

The test uses a technology known as matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry along with a reference organism database to identify 424 clinically relevant bacteria and yeast species. It’s the first test approved to recognize C auris, which can cause bloodstream infections, especially in patients who are hospitalized or in a nursing home. More than 1 in 3 patients with invasive C auris infection die, according the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).