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Candida Bloodstream Infections

Candida, a yeast that normally lives in and on the human body, is one of the most common causes of bloodstream infections in the United States; however, information about this infection in large populations is scarce.

Through the EIP HAI candidemia surveillance project, CDC monitors epidemiologic trends in candidemia and performs species confirmation and antifungal susceptibility testing on all available Candida bloodstream isolates to:

  • Track incidence of candidemia and monitor trends,
  • Detect emergence and spread of resistance to antifungal agents and communicate these results back to submitting laboratories,
  • Determine the burden of infections due to antifungal-resistant Candida species,
  • Understand and describe specific genetic mutations associated with resistance, and
  • Identify areas where candidemia prevention and intervention strategies can be focused.

For more information, please visit CDCs Invasive candidiasis website .