Multi-Drug Resistant Candida auris
Candida auris is an emerging multi-drug resistant yeast that poses a global health threat. Known for causing serious and sometimes fatal fungal infections in hospitalized patients, this yeast does not respond to commonly used antifungal drugs, making infections difficult to treat. Furthermore, C. auris is difficult to identify with standard laboratory methods, as such it can be misidentified in labs without specific technology. For these reasons, effective infection prevention measures, including disinfection of environmental surfaces, are an essential aspect in the prevention and control of this emerging pathogen. Currently the CDC recommends the use of a sporicidal agent to be used in suspected or confirmed cases of C. auris. However, leveraging Spaulding’s Hierarchy of Susceptibility, our position is that when used according to label directions, disinfectants with proven efficacy against fungi, such as those based on Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide®, will be effective against this emerging pathogen.
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Research Highlights: Efficacy of three disinfectant formulations and a hydrogen peroxide/silver fogging system on surfaces experimentally inoculated with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius
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