The emerging pathogenic multidrug-resistant yeast Candida auris is an important source of healthcare-associated infections and of growing global clinical concern. The ability of this organism to survive on surfaces and withstand environmental stressors creates a challenge for eradicating it from hospitals. A panel of C. auris clinical isolates was evaluated on different surface environments against the standard disinfectant sodium hypochlorite and high-level disinfectant peracetic acid. C. auris was shown to selectively tolerate clinically relevant concentrations of sodium hypochlorite and peracetic acid in a surface-dependent manner, which may explain its ability to successfully persist within the hospital environment.
- Candida auris
Kean, R., Sherry, L., Townsend, E., McKloud, E., Short, B., Akinbobola, A., MacKay, W. G., Williams, C., Jones, B. L., & Ramage, G. (2018). Surface disinfection challenges for Candida auris: an in-vitro study. Journal of Hospital Infection, 98(4), 433-436. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2017.11.015