Candida auris (or C. auris) is a fungus that is causing serious infections in patients in the United States, including New Jersey. C. auris is primarily found in healthcare settings, particularly in long-term acute care hospitals and nursing homes that take care of patients on ventilators. Patients can carry C. auris on their body, even if it is not making them sick. This is called colonization. When people in hospitals and nursing homes are colonized, C. auris can spread from their bodies and can get on other people or nearby objects, allowing the fungus to spread to people around them. In some patients, this fungus can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, causing serious invasive infections. This fungus often does not respond to commonly used antifungal drugs, making infections difficult to treat.
The New Jersey Department of Health responds to all reports of C. auris in New Jersey and supports prevention efforts through surveillance testing and infection prevention recommendations. If C. auris is suspected or identified, contact your local health department and the NJDOH Communicable Disease Service at (609) 826-5964.
New Jersey C. auris Clinical Case Count (as of March 31, 2020)
Confirmed clinical case count: 165
Confirmed clinical cases are those with isolates that have been confirmed as C. auris in the laboratory.
Probable clinical case count: 22
Probable clinical cases are those with presumptive laboratory evidence and evidence of epidemiologic linkage, and either the isolate was not available for confirmatory testing, or has not yet undergone further testing.
Clinical cases (confirmed and probable) of C. auris are based on cultures or culture-independent diagnostic testing from specimens collected during the course of clinical care for the purpose of diagnosing or treating disease. Cases are classified according to definitions established by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and. National case counts on C. auris is reported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).