Reporting Candida auris
On August 1, 2019, MDH initiated statewide surveillance of Candida auris under 4605.7080 of the Communicable Disease Reporting Rule. Candida auris includes specimens isolated from any body site. MDH has been requesting voluntary submission of possible C. auris isolates since June 2016.
What to report
- C. auris must be reported to MDH within one working day after the test result is finalized.
- Candida auris Information for Health Professionals
C. auris surveillance case definition and infection prevention guidance.
How to report
- Yellow Disease Report Card
Confirmed Candida auris cases may be reported using the MDH "Yellow Card."
Any reportable infectious disease may be reported by phone to 651-201-5414 or 877-676-5414.
- Laboratories may report through previously established mechanisms.
Submitting clinical materials
- Candida auris Isolate Submission and Laboratory Testing
Submission of clinical materials to MDH is required.
- C. auris can be misidentified as different types of yeast with the phenotypic methods for yeast identification used by most clinical laboratories. More information is provided on identification and the MDH-PHL capacity to rule out Candida auris.
Who is required to report
- Health care practitioners (health care facilities, medical laboratories, and in certain circumstances veterinarians and veterinary medical laboratories) are required to report disease to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) under Minnesota state law.
- Unless previously reported, every licensed health care provider who provides care to any patient who has, is suspected of having, or has died from a reportable disease is required to report.
- Any person in charge of any institution, school, child care facility, or camp is also required to report disease to MDH.
Reporting: proposal and notification letters
- Proposal for Conducting Statewide Surveillance for Candida auris (C. auris) in Minnesota under the Minnesota Communicable Disease Rule (4605.7080) (PDF)
The proposal explaining the rationale for this change.
The Commissioner of Health has the authority to require reporting of newly recognized or emerging diseases and syndromes suspected to be of infectious origin per Minn. Rules 4605.7080.
- Commissioner's Letter to Minnesota Hospital and Reference Laboratories Regarding Reporting of Candida auris (PDF)
- Commissioner's Letter to Minnesota Hospital Infection Preventionists (IPs) Regarding Reporting of Candida auris (PDF)