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PHO Rounds: PIDAC’s Interim Guide for Infection Prevention and Control of Candida auris

Candida auris (C. auris) is an emerging fungal pathogen capable of causing invasive disease, particularly in critically ill patient populations. It has been linked to several healthcare associated outbreaks around the globe and can be multidrug-resistant (typically resistant to fluconazole). C. auris cases have been identified in Canada, including Ontario. Healthcare practitioners, microbiology and IPAC staff should familiarize themselves with this organism as well as policies and procedures for its identification and control.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology and clinical significance of C. auris.
  • Implement interventions to prevent the emergence of C. auris as described in PIDAC’s interim statement of C. auris.
  • Explain how Public Health Ontario’s laboratory can support C. auris identification and antifungal susceptibility testing.

Presenter(s): Julianne Kus and Matthew Muller

Dr. Julianne Kus, HBSc, MSc, PhD, FCCM
Dr. Kus is a Clinical Microbiologist at Public Health Ontario’s laboratory and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. She oversees Public Health Ontario’s clinical mycology services as well as bacterial reference identification. She has interests in the application of new technologies to diagnostic microbiology, antifungal resistance and emerging pathogens (such as C. auris).

Dr. Matthew P. Muller, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Dr. Muller is the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at St. Michael’s Hospital and chairs the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) on Infection Prevention and Control. 



The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

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Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Updated 22 May 2019