Nursing Homes Are a Breeding Ground for a Fatal Fungus

Much of the blame for the rise of drug-resistant infections like Candida auris has focused on failures in antibiotic stewardship and hospital acquired infections. However, public health experts say that nursing facilities are a weak link in the health care system as they are understaffed and ill-equipped to enforce infection control procedures, yet continuously cycle infected patients, or germ carriers into hospitals and back to the nursin facilities.

The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast

Candida auris has developed the ability to survive on cool external skin and cold inorganic surfaces, allowing it to linger on the hands of healthcare workers and on the doorknobs and counters and computer keys of a hospital room. It can travel from its original host to new victims, passing from person to person in outbreaks that last for weeks or months.