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New York is diligently responding to Candida auris

New York’s healthcare experts are working hard to address this emerging and deadly fungal pathogen.

In our latest “Critical Issues in Healthcare” video interview, Darren Dopp, HANYS’ senior vice president, corporate communications, discusses Candida auris with Sarah DuVall, a director in HANYS’ Quality Advocacy, Research and Innovation division.

New York’s hospitals and health systems often lead the fight against emerging epidemics. In recent years, they’ve tackled Ebola and Zika; right now, they are working to combat C. auris, an emerging strain of the Candida group of fungi.

Some infections caused by Candida fungi, such as diaper rash and vaginal yeast infections, are relatively benign. C. auris infections, however, are very different.

C. auris is often resistant to antifungal treatments used for other Candida infections, and its drug-resistance makes it much more difficult to treat. C. auris can cause severe illness and death among hospital patients and nursing home residents who are already very ill and/or have weakened immune systems.

As such, preventing the spread of C. auris in hospitals and nursing homes is a critical priority.

New York’s healthcare experts are responding to C. auris

Healthcare providers are being vigilant, adhering to evidence-based policies, procedures and protocols to protect patients and prevent the spread of this infection.

The New York healthcare community’s prevention efforts go beyond the hospital door, as well. The community has joined forces with public health experts to more effectively respond to this health threat. All involved are passionate about keeping patients safe, and they work around the clock to develop and refine preventive strategies.

At HANYS, we convene hospital leaders, public health leaders and other stakeholders to help identify barriers and solutions. Together, we’re working to raise awareness of effective C. auris efforts and protect at-risk patients from contracting this deadly fungus.

Learn more about C. auris

Patients and healthcare professionals alike are concerned about C. auris. We encourage you to explore the resources available on the New York State Department of Health and CDC websites.