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.