Transmission of Candida Auris mitigated with ASIET system

Air purification systems, invented more than 20 years ago and manufactured in Texas, may be the solution to mitigate increasing infections from a drug-resistant fungus, Candida Auris. This week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a report warning that the multi-drug resistant fungus Candida Auris is spreading across the U.S. and can cause severe illness and death in people with weakened immune systems. Twenty-nine states currently report cases of Candida Auris, with Texas in the top 20%.

Research* shows that use of the ASIET air purification systems for 24 hours destroys the Candida Auris virus, thus dramatically reducing the spread of infection. Even after the air purifier was removed, there was no growth of the fungus the following day. Because of the method of air purification, there was an overall efficacy of 75% on all surfaces through the tenth day of the test. (Note: the air purifier was only turned on for the first 24-hours.)

CANDIDA AURIS and how it will spread.

Candida auris is a type of fungus that causes infections, and it was first identified in 2009 in Japan. Since then, it has spread across the globe and has caused serious outbreaks in many countries. Candida auris is a multidrug-resistant organism that can cause severe infections in humans, particularly in patients with compromised immune systems. This report will examine Candida auris, its characteristics, and how it spreads.


Candida Auris can spread in several ways, but here are the top 5 ways it can be transmitted:

  1. Person-to-person transmission: Candida Auris can be transmitted directly from person to person through contact with skin, mucous membranes, or bodily fluids, such as blood or urine.
  2. Healthcare-associated transmission: Candida Auris can be spread in healthcare settings through contaminated medical equipment, such as catheters, ventilators, or other invasive devices.
  3. Environmental transmission: Candida Auris can survive on environmental surfaces, such as hospital equipment or furniture, for prolonged periods, and can be spread through contact with these contaminated surfaces.
  4. Community transmission: Although less common, Candida Auris can be transmitted in community settings, such as nursing homes or households, through contact with infected individuals or contaminated surfaces.
  5. Vertical transmission: There have been rare reports of Candida Auris transmission from mother to infant during birth, as well as transmission through breast milk. However, more research is needed to understand the extent and significance of these modes of transmission.
Candida Auris Person-to-person transmission
Person-to-person transmission

Characteristics of Candida auris:

Candida auris is a type of yeast that is related to Candida albicans, which is a common cause of fungal infections in humans. It is an emerging fungal pathogen that is resistant to many antifungal drugs, making it difficult to treat. Candida auris has been found to be resistant to fluconazole, one of the most commonly used antifungal drugs. It is also resistant to other antifungal drugs, such as amphotericin B and echinocandins.

Candida auris can cause infections in many parts of the body, including the bloodstream, the urinary tract, and wounds. It can also cause infections in the ear and in the respiratory system. Infections caused by Candida auris can be severe and difficult to treat, particularly in patients with compromised immune systems.

Candida auris is an opportunistic fungus that commonly infects people with weakened immune systems, such as those in hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities. The fungus can cause severe bloodstream and wound infections, leading to sepsis and death in some cases. Candida auris is especially concerning because it is resistant to most antifungal medications, making it difficult to treat and control.

How Candida auris spreads:

Candida auris can spread from person to person, particularly in healthcare settings. It can be spread through direct contact with contaminated surfaces, such as hospital beds, floors, and medical equipment. It can also be spread through contact with the skin of infected individuals or through respiratory secretions.

One of the reasons why Candida auris is such a concern is because of its ability to spread quickly and easily. The fungus can survive on surfaces for weeks, allowing it to persist in healthcare environments even after routine cleaning and disinfection. Candida auris can also be transmitted between patients, healthcare workers, and visitors, increasing the risk of outbreaks and further spread.

Another reason why Candida auris is so concerning is because it can be difficult to diagnose. The symptoms of Candida auris infection are similar to those of other fungal infections, such as fever, chills, and fatigue. However, standard laboratory tests may not be able to detect Candida auris, making it difficult to identify and treat.

To prevent the spread of Candida auris, healthcare facilities must implement strict infection control measures, such as isolating infected patients, wearing personal protective equipment, and following rigorous cleaning and disinfection protocols. Patients with Candida auris infection should also be treated with antifungal medications that are known to be effective against the fungus.

Symptoms and Effects:

When Candida auris infects the body, it can cause a wide range of symptoms depending on the location of the infection. Infections can occur in various parts of the body, including the bloodstream, urinary tract, wounds, and ears.

One of the most common symptoms of a Candida auris infection is a fever. Patients may also experience chills, sweating, and fatigue. If the infection is in the bloodstream, it can lead to sepsis, which is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body’s response to an infection causes damage to its own tissues and organs.

Candida auris can also cause skin infections that are characterized by redness, swelling, and pain. In some cases, the skin may become blistered or develop a rash. These infections can be particularly dangerous in people with weakened immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy or who have HIV/AIDS.

Infections in the urinary tract can cause painful urination and frequent urges to urinate. If left untreated, these infections can spread to the kidneys and cause serious complications.

Candida auris infections can also affect the ears, causing pain, itching, and discharge. In severe cases, the infection can lead to hearing loss.

Perhaps the most concerning aspect of Candida auris infections is their resistance to antifungal medications. This can make them very difficult to treat and potentially life-threatening. In some cases, doctors may need to use multiple antifungal medications at once or resort to surgery to remove infected tissue.

Candida Auris top 10 threats

Candida Auris is an emerging multidrug-resistant fungus that has become a global health threat. Here are the top 10 threats associated with Candida Auris:

  1. Multidrug resistance: Candida Auris is resistant to multiple antifungal drugs, making it difficult to treat.
  2. Hospital outbreaks: Candida Auris can spread easily in hospitals and other healthcare settings, leading to outbreaks and the potential for widespread infections.
  3. High mortality rate: Candida Auris infections have a high mortality rate, ranging from 30% to 60% in some cases.
  4. Misidentification: Candida Auris is often misidentified in laboratory tests, leading to delayed or ineffective treatment.
  5. Lack of effective treatment options: Due to its multidrug resistance, there are limited treatment options available for Candida Auris infections.
  6. Global spread: Candida Auris has been reported in over 30 countries, indicating its ability to spread globally.
  7. Community transmission: Candida Auris has been found in non-hospital settings, such as nursing homes and households, indicating the potential for community transmission.
  8. Difficulty in detecting: Candida Auris is difficult to detect using traditional laboratory methods, leading to challenges in diagnosis and treatment.
  9. Environmental persistence: Candida Auris can persist in the environment for prolonged periods, making it difficult to control its spread.
  10. Emerging threat: Candida Auris is an emerging threat, and there is still much to learn about its biology, transmission, and treatment options.
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