Candida auris infects L.A. County healthcare facility

July 24, 2020

The shortage of medical equipment, due to the coronavirus outbreak may be helping to spread Candida auris within healthcare facilities, according to an article on the Los Angeles Times website.

At least one outbreak has been identified at a facility in L.A. County.

C. auris can live on surfaces for several weeks and can spread through hospitals and nursing homes by contact with infected people and contaminated surfaces and equipment. The fungus can survive many routinely used disinfectants, county officials said.

 L.A. County officials urged healthcare facilities not to reuse gloves and gowns between patients who may be infected with multi-drug-resistant germs or COVID-19.

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