Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by a yeast (a type of fungus) called Candida. Some species of Candida can cause infection in people; the most common is Candida albicans. Candida normally lives on skin and inside the body, such as the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina, without causing problems. Candida can cause infections if it grows out of control or if it enters deep into the body. For example, it can cause infections in the bloodstream or internal organs like the kidney, heart, or brain.
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Candida auris is an emerging, multidrug-resistant type of Candida. It presents a serious global health threat, including in the United States. C. auris can cause severe infections and spreads easily in healthcare facilities.