Candida auris in an Australian health care facility: importance of screening high risk patients

Leon J Worth, Simon J Harrison, Michael Dickinson, Annaliese Diemen, Jennifer Breen, Susan Harper, Caroline Marshall, Deborah A Williamson, Karin A Thursky and Monica A Slavin
Med J Aust 2020; 212 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50612
Published online: 25 May 2020

A 70‐year‐old man with multiple myeloma was admitted to our hospital in 2018, having been hospitalised 10 months previously in the United Kingdom. Following admission to our facility, routine collection of clinical specimens was performed in the setting of an episode of febrile neutropenia. Candida auris was isolated in a urine specimen collected in the presence of an indwelling urinary catheter, without accompanying pyuria.

  • Leon J Worth1,2
  • Simon J Harrison3
  • Michael Dickinson3
  • Annaliese Diemen4
  • Jennifer Breen3
  • Susan Harper3
  • Caroline Marshall5,6
  • Deborah A Williamson7
  • Karin A Thursky2,3
  • Monica A Slavin2,3

  • 1 Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance Coordinating Centre, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 National Centre for Infections in Cancer, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, VIC
  • 4 Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Melbourne, VIC
  • 5 Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
  • 6 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
  • 7 Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory, Doherty Institute, Melbourne, VIC



We thank Dr Sarah Kidd for her assistance.

Competing interests:

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