Candida auris Information for Health Professionals - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Candida auris Information for Health Professionals:
Case Definition, Required Reporting and Testing, and Infection Prevention Guidance

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Surveillance Case Definition
Required Disease Reporting and Testing
Infection Prevention and Control
Clinical Features

Surveillance Case Definition

On August 1, 2019, MDH initiated statewide surveillance for Candida auris under 4605.7080 of the Communicable Disease Reporting Rule. MDH has been requesting voluntary submission of possible C. auris isolates since June 2016.

Statewide surveillance enables early detection, prompt implementation of enhanced infection control measures, and a public health response among interconnected facilities, thus helping to prevent and control the disease.

Health care providers and laboratories are required to report detection (infection or colonization) of either C. auris or Candida species that may be C. auris. Suspected or confirmed isolates from any body site (infection or colonization) must be submitted to the MDH Public Health Laboratory (MDH-PHL).

Required Disease Reporting and Testing

Infection Prevention and Control

Outbreaks of C. auris have occurred in health care settings across the globe, including in the U.S. regions of New York City, New Jersey, Chicago, and Orange County in California. Such outbreaks have been difficult to control due to the ability of C. auris to contaminate the patient care environment and survive on surfaces for weeks to months. Adherence to robust infection control practices is key to containing the spread of C. auris in health care facilities.

Infection control precautions

  • Place patients with C. auris infection or colonization in a private room using Contact Precautions.
  • Patients can remain colonized with C. auris for long periods of time and potentially indefinitely. Discontinuing Contact Precautions for patients with a history of C. auris is generally not recommended. Consult with MDH if you have any questions about the need for Contact Precautions.

Environmental cleaning

Clinical Features

Updated Thursday, 29-Sep-2022 14:16:18 CDT