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A description of the first Candida auris-colonized individuals in New York State, 2016-2017

Published:November 15, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2021.10.037

      Highlights

      • This brief report describes characteristics of the first 114 individuals colonized with C. auris identified through active surveillance/screening by NYS Department of Health.
      • “Colonized/screened” individuals were old (median age, 74 years), had extensive health care exposures and underlying conditions (e.g., multiple health care facility admissions and requiring mechanical ventilation), and had 30- and 90-day mortality rates of 17.5% and 37.7%, respectively (although may not be attributable).
      • This description adds to the collective understanding of C. auris in the United States.

      Abstract

      Candida auris (C. auris) is a globally emerging multidrug-resistant yeast. New York State (NYS) first detected C. auris in July 2016 and is the state most affected. This brief report describes characteristics of the first 114 individuals colonized with C. auris identified through active surveillance/screening by NYS Department of Health. “Colonized/screened” individuals were old (median age, 74 year), had extensive health care exposures and underlying conditions (multiple health care facility admissions in the 90 days prior with more than 80% requiring mechanical ventilation), and had 30- and 90-day mortality rates of 17.5% and 37.7%, respectively (with approximately 60% expired in the 2-year follow-up period). This description is helpful to inform additional prevention measures and add to the collective understanding of C. auris in the United States.

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