Acute Communicable
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Acute Communicable Disease Control
CDPH Health Advisory: Resurgence of Candida auris in Healthcare Facilities in the Setting of COVID-19 (8-20-20)

Candida auris (C. auris) is a new, emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. This novel multi-drug resistant organism (N-MDRO) has caused several healthcare facility outbreaks in the US and abroad. C. auris is a particular health concern because it: can cause severe, antibiotic-resistant infections; is difficult to identify using traditional yeast identification methods; can survive on healthcare setting surfaces for long periods; and can spread easily to patients in healthcare settings.

On May 7, 2019, LAC DPH released an LAHAN describing the first cases of C. auris in Southern California. Currently, there is no known active transmission of C. auris in LAC. However, because there is ongoing transmission in other states and neighboring counties it could spread to LA.

LAC DPH currently considers the following populations to be at high risk for C. auris colonization or infection:

  • Roommates of C. auris-positive patients/residents
  • Patients/residents who have had an overnight stay in a healthcare facility in a country with transmission or multiple cases of C. auris
  • Patients/residents who are colonized with carbapenemase-producing organisms, such as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (CRE).
  • Patients/residents on a mechanical ventilator or tracheostomy being admitted from a long-term acute care hospital (LTAC) or skilled nursing facility (SNF) with transmission of C. auris
  • Patients/residents who have had an overnight stay in a healthcare facility in a state with transmission C. auris, including New York, New Jersey, and Illinois, in the past 12 months

Patients/residents meeting any of these criteria should be screened for C. auris colonization. LAC DPH can provide additional guidance and free colonization testing swabs if needed.

  • Meticulous attention to infection prevention and control, including:
    • good hand hygiene (either hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitizing with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer);
    • proper selection, use, and disposal of personal protective equipment; and
    • appropriate and effective environmental cleaning and disinfection using an agent effective against C. auris.
  • Healthcare facilities should review all interim recommendations from the CDC regarding C. auris infection prevention and control and should monitor the CDC site for new information and revisions to current recommendations

  • Assistance in determining what types of high-risk patients should be screened for C. auris
  • C. auris colonization swabs and/or testing services for certain high-risk patients
  • Confirmatory C. auris testing for suspect clinical isolates
  • C. auris educational materials
  • Sample C. auris protocols, policies, and/or signage
  • Infection control consultation to help your facility prepare for and/or contain C. auris

Candida auris Prevention Project

In 2020, LAC DPH identified a sudden increase in C. auris cases among LAC healthcare facilities. In response, the C. auris Prevention Project was initiated to detect C. auris and strengthen infection control practices as to prevent future spread.

The sites below have collaborated with LAC DPH, CDPH, and CDC in slowing the spread of C. auris in LAC.

Participating sites

  • Affinity Healthcare Center
  • Barlow Respiratory Hospital
  • Beachwood Post-Acute and Rehab
  • California Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center
  • Colonial Care Center
  • Country Oaks Care Center
  • Country Villa Sheraton
  • Eastland (Alliance) Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Gladstone Care and Rehabilitation Center
  • Golden Legacy Care Center
  • Kindred Hospital Baldwin Park
  • Kindred Hospital – La Mirada
  • Kindred Hospital – Los Angeles
  • Kindred Hospital Paramount
  • Kindred Hospital – San Gabriel Valley
  • Kindred Hospital – South Bay
  • Marina Pointe Healthcare & Subacute
  • Monrovia Memorial Hospital
  • Mountain View Convalescent
  • Park Avenue Healthcare & Wellness Center
  • Rio Hondo Subacute and Nursing Center
  • Sunray Healthcare Center
  • The Ellison John Transitional Care Center
  • Windsor Terrace Healthcare Center

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