Candida auris: epidemiological situation, laboratory capacity and preparedness in the European Union and European Economic Area, January 2018 to May 2019

Candida auris is an emerging Candida species causing bloodstream and other infections, mostly in severely ill patients with serious underlying medical conditions. Both introduction of C. auris from countries outside of the EU/EEA and spread of C. auris within EU/EEA countries are ongoing. Although overall laboratory capacities and public health preparedness and response to C. auris are improving, not all EU/EEA countries are equally well prepared. A collective commitment in all EU/EEA countries to improve awareness and optimise laboratory capacities, surveillance and infection control is crucial to prevent further spread of C. auris in the EU/EEA. Eurosurveillance

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