There’s an emerging villain in town… and its name is Candida auris.
Today, around the world, multidrug-resistant and pan-resistant Candida auris has caused outbreaks in healthcare systems. While it is now highlighted by CDC as an urgent threat, only six years ago, there were no reports of resistant C. auris strains that were able to spread easily between patients.
This infectious fungus grows rapidly in healthcare settings, putting those with weakened immune systems at serious risk. It’s now become a major contributor to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – creating a complex health challenge for medical professionals and policymakers alike
But what exactly is Candida auris, how does it cause so much harm, why is this particular fungal species becoming increasingly resistant to treatments, and what can we do to fight back?