Candidiasis Alert: Rising Cases in March 2023
Candidiasis Alert: Rising Cases in March 2023

Candidiasis Alert: Rising Cases in March 2023

Protect Your Ears and Combat Candida Auris Infections in the United States

Empower Your Laboratory with Our Advanced Foam Sampling Swabs – The Ultimate Solution for Accurate Detection and Prevention
As March 2023 marks a significant surge in candidiasis cases in the United States, we're here to help you stay informed, vigilant, and prepared. Candida auris, an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat, is causing an alarming number of ear infections. Early detection is crucial for effective treatment and containment. This page provides essential information on the symptoms, protection measures, and our highly efficient foam sampling swabs for diagnostic purposes.

Candida Auris in the Ear – Symptoms and Protection

Candida auris can lead to severe ear infections, and recognizing the symptoms is vital. They include:
  • Pain or discomfort in the ear
  • Discharge from the ear canal
  • Itching or irritation in and around the ear
  • Swelling or redness around the ear
  • Hearing loss or difficulty in hearing

In some cases, Candida auris can also cause bloodstream infections, characterized by fever, chills, pain, and a general feeling of tiredness and malaise.

To protect yourself and others from Candida auris infections, follow these preventative measures:

  • Maintain good hand hygiene by washing hands regularly with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the workplace.
  • Limit exposure to individuals with known Candida auris infections.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary.
  • Encourage early diagnosis and reporting of suspected infections.

Collecting Candida auris Specimen and Diagnostic

  • Candida auris is a multidrug-resistant yeast that can cause invasive infections, particularly in patients with compromised immune systems. To properly identify and diagnose this organism, it is essential to collect appropriate specimens and use accurate diagnostic methods. Here is a step-by-step guide to collect Candida auris specimens and perform diagnostic testing:

  • Identify the type of specimen required:

    a. Blood cultures - for suspected bloodstream infections.
    b. Respiratory samples - for suspected lung infections.
    c. Urine - for suspected urinary tract infections.
    d. Wound swabs or tissue - for suspected skin or soft tissue infections.
    e. Sterile body fluids - for suspected infections in normally sterile sites (e.g., cerebrospinal fluid, pleural fluid, peritoneal fluid).

  • Specimen transport and storage:

    Properly label the specimens with the patient's identification, date, and time of collection. Transport specimens to the laboratory as soon as possible, maintaining appropriate storage conditions (room temperature or refrigerated, as needed).

  • Laboratory diagnostics:

    a. Culture - The specimen is inoculated onto selective agar media (e.g., CHROMagar Candida) and incubated at 35-37°C for 24-48 hours. Positive cultures will show colonies of Candida auris, which can be further identified by their characteristic appearance and color. b. Identification - Confirmatory identification of Candida auris can be done using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS), or molecular methods, such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing. c. Antifungal susceptibility testing - This testing is performed to determine the susceptibility of the isolate to various antifungal agents and guide appropriate treatment. The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) or the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) guidelines can be followed for testing and interpretation.

  • Collection of specimens:

    a. Blood cultures - Collect two sets of blood cultures (each set consists of aerobic and anaerobic bottles) from different venipuncture sites, using proper skin antisepsis.
    b. Respiratory samples - Collect sputum, endotracheal aspirate, or bronchoalveolar lavage samples using sterile containers.
    c. Urine - Collect a midstream, clean-catch urine sample in a sterile container.
    d. Wound swabs or tissue - Use a sterile swab to sample the wound or collect a tissue biopsy.
    e. Sterile body fluids - Collect fluids using appropriate sterile techniques, such as lumbar puncture, thoracentesis, or paracentesis.

  • Reporting results:

    The laboratory will report the results of the culture, identification, and antifungal susceptibility testing to the healthcare provider, who will then determine the appropriate treatment course based on these findings.

Remember always to adhere to standard infection control precautions and follow local and national guidelines when collecting, handling, and processing specimens for Candida auris.
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