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Multidrug-resistant Candida auris is a type of fungus that is hard to treat. It’s resistant to many antifungal medicines, meaning these medicines can’t kill it.
Multidrug-resistant Candida auris can cause serious infections in people with a weak immune system or who have more than one health condition. Healthy people don’t usually get multidrug-resistant Candida auris infections.
Multidrug-resistant Candida auris can spread on unclean hands and hard surfaces (such as countertops, toilets, and bedrails) that a person who is carrying or infected with the fungus has touched. It can live on hard surfaces for days or even weeks.
As with any other type of infection, multidrug-resistant Candida auris infection can become serious for some people.
Colonization means that multidrug-resistant Candida auris lives on people, but doesn’t cause them health problems. For most people, colonization with multidrug-resistant Candida auris isn’t dangerous and doesn’t make them sick because their immune system keeps it under control.
Infection is when multidrug-resistant Candida auris causes symptoms of infection such as pain and fever. Some people, such as those with more than one health problem at the same time, may be more at risk of getting this type of infection.
People who are colonized with multidrug-resistant Candida auris don’t usually need any treatment. It may go away on its own.
People infected with multidrug-resistant Candida auris often get antifungal medicines. Infections can happen in a wound, blood, or urine. It’s very important to finish all the medicine in your prescription, even if you’re feeling better.
Healthcare facilities take extra steps to help stop multidrug-resistant Candida auris from spreading. Staff may put a sign on the door of your room to remind people to use contact precautions (such as a gown and gloves) before entering your room.
To stop multidrug-resistant Candida auris from spreading in a healthcare facility, do the following every time you leave your room:
Yes, it’s safe for family and friends to visit you in the healthcare facility. Visitors should follow any directions on the sign at your door and from staff.
There are simple things you can do at home to stop multidrug-resistant Candida auris and other infections from spreading:
Clean your hands regularly. This is the best way to stop germs from spreading.
To see this information online and learn more, visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca/Alberta/Pages/Learning-about-Multidrug-Resistant-Candida-Auris-in-Healthcare-Facilities.aspx.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: April 9, 2020
Author: Infection Prevention and Control, Alberta Health Services
Care instructions may be adapted by your healthcare provider. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, talk with your doctor or appropriate healthcare provider.