First case of Candida auris infection in Belgium in a surgical patient from Kuwait.

Acta Clinica Belgica
Klaas DewaeleKatrien Lagrou

Abstract

Objective and importance: Candida auris is a relatively new yeast species and an emerging opportunistic pathogen. It was first reported in 2009 in East Asia, as a difficult-to-identify Candida species of uncertain clinical relevance. In recent years, it has appeared globally as a cause of invasive infections, not infrequently eliciting nosocomial outbreaks. Species identification in clinical laboratories has been challenging, as traditional phenotypic and biochemical methods have been generally unreliable. Clinical management is often complicated by multidrug resistance in many isolates. Additionally, C. auris has demonstrated an unusual ability for persistence in the hospital environment and in asymptomatic patients. We present the first Belgian case of C. auris infection along with a brief review of the literature.Clinical presentation: A patient was referred from Kuwait for surgical treatment after a complicated bariatric procedure. Few days after transferral, she developed a catheter-related blood stream infection with C. auris. We obtained a low-confidence identification of C. auris with the Bruker Biotyper MALDI-TOF MS system (Bruker Corporation, Billerica, MA, U.S.A.), and of Candida haemulonii with the Vitek YST identif...Continue Reading

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