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Investigation of a Candida auris outbreak in a Skilled Nursing Facility — Virginia, United States, October 2020–June 2021

Published:December 16, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2022.12.003

      Highlights

      • Virginia observed an increase in the incidence of Candida auris from 2020-2021.
      • Most new cases identified in a ventilator skilled nursing facility (vSNF).
      • Two clades were identified, indicating distinct C. auris introductions.
      • Regional facilities should collaborate on infection prevention and control practices.
      • vSNFs must prioritize multidrug-resistant organism prevention strategies.

      Abstract

      Candida auris, an emerging multi-drug resistant organism (MDRO), is an urgent public health threat. We report on a C. auris outbreak investigation at a Virginia ventilator skilled nursing facility (vSNF). During October 2020–June 2021, we identified 28 cases among residents in the ventilator unit. Genomic evidence suggested ≥2 distinct C. auris introductions to the facility. We identified multiple infection and prevention control challenges, highlighting the importance of strengthening MDRO prevention efforts at vSNFs.

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