AR Solutions in Action
Stopping C. auris in an Oklahoma Hospital
In fall 2017, a patient in Oklahoma had an infection caused by a fungus called Candida auris (C. auris). The germs causing the infection were multidrug-resistant and not responding to the antifungals designed to kill them. These deadly superbugs are difficult to treat, so CDC and the state health department worked with hospital staff to rapidly identify other cases and stop it from spreading to other patients.
Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Lab Network Established as New Fungal Threat Emerges
CDC is committed to supporting vital laboratory capacity in every state to rapidly detect new forms of antibiotic resistance through its Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network (AR Lab Network). The new network was established in 2016 with support from Congress. As new or rare forms of antibiotic resistance emerge, CDC’s AR Lab Network supports nationwide capacity to rapidly detect these threats in health care, food, and the community, and inform local responses to prevent spread and protect people. Read about one example of the AR Lab Network’s importance and early success, highlighted in its response to the emerging resistant fungus, Candida auris (C. auris).
- Page last reviewed: July 6, 2016
- Page last updated: January 17, 2018
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