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JAMA Insights
Clinical Update
September 6, 2019

What Is Known About Candida auris

Author Affiliations
  • 1Infectious Diseases Division, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor
  • 2Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, Michigan
JAMA. Published online September 6, 2019. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.13843

Candida auris is a new species that was reported in Asia as a rare cause of ear infections in 2009; it had not been found among large repositories of yeast isolates collected prior to 2013.1,2 However, the widespread dissemination of C auris is not due to a single strain. For reasons that are not clear, multiple strains, called clades, have emerged independently in various parts of the world.1,2 Cases of C auris have been identified in 33 countries across 5 continents.1-3