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First report of Candida auris in Oman: Clinical and microbiological description of five candidemia cases

      We read with interest the article by Belinda Calvo and colleagues describing the first report of Candida auris in America.
      • Calvo B.
      • Melo A.S.A.
      • Perozo-Mena A.
      • Hernandez M.
      • Francisco E.C.
      • Hagen F.
      • et al.
      First report of Candida auris in America: clinical and microbiological aspects of 18 episodes of candidemia.
      In view of increasing global awareness of C. auris, we report the first known five cases of C. auris candidemia in Oman with emphasis on risk factors, clinical outcome, microbiological identification and antifungal susceptibility profile. C. auris is a globally emerging multidrug resistant healthcare-associated yeast. It was first described in Japan as a novel Candida species in 2009.
      • Satoh K.
      • Makimura K.
      • Hasumi Y.
      • Nishiyama Y.
      • Uchida K.
      • Yamaguchi H.
      Candida auris sp. nov., a novel ascomycetous yeast isolated from the external ear canal of an inpatient in a Japanese hospital.
      Since then, it has been increasingly recognized not only as a cause of healthcare-associated candidemia, but also as a more difficult to treat invasive yeast infection with largely limited antifungal options. Global spread across five continents and healthcare-related outbreaks have been described.
      • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
      Candida auris in healthcare settings – Europe – 19 December 2016.
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