Information About Candida auris
Mount Sinai Health System remains on high alert of readiness for Candida auris or C. auris, a fungal infection. C. auris is a fungus that can contaminate the environment and can be resistant to many drugs that are used to treat fungal infections. Some individuals may be colonized with C. auris without it causing an infection, which means that the fungus is present on their body but does not make them sick. Patients with Candida auris are similar to patients who get infections from other drug-resistant organisms. These patients often have spent time in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. They are more likely to have been treated with multiple antibiotics, have weakened immune systems, or have spent time in intensive care units or on ventilators. Healthy people usually do not get colonized or infected with C. auris.
All Mount Sinai Health System hospitals have developed policies and procedures in concert with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH). These protocols include close monitoring of hand hygiene, using contact precautions (wearing gloves and gowns), using effective disinfectants, and ensuring that our laboratory can rapidly identify C. auris. Use of these extra steps reduce spread of C. auris.