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Case of the Month - May 2017Joy Cleghorn – with kind permission from Nelesh Govender
A 59-year-old man was admitted to an intensive care unit following a motor vehicle accident with a head injury and a ruptured spleen. The patient had a central venous catheter and urine catheter in situ. On day 7 of admission, he developed a low-grade fever and delirium. His platelet count dropped from 170 to 110 X 109 cells/L. He was started on empiric antibacterial treatment; blood and central venous catheter tip specimens were sent for culture. The infection prevention and control practitioner reminded the unit team that several cases of Candida auris infection had been confirmed in the ICU over the last month.
Question 1. What is Candida auris?