External Quality Assessment Evaluating the Ability of Dutch Clinical Microbiological Laboratories to Identify Candida auris.
SourceJournal of Fungi, 5, 4, (2019), article 94
Article / Letter to editor
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Journal of Fungi
SubjectRadboudumc 4: lnfectious Diseases and Global Health RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences; Radboudumc 4: lnfectious Diseases and Global Health RIMLS: Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
BACKGROUND: Candida auris is a yeast that is causing nosocomial outbreaks in healthcare facilities around the world. There is a risk of the misidentification of C. auris with matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS)-when libraries are used that lack C. auris spectra, or when conventional biochemical methods are used. METHODS: We conducted an external quality assessment to evaluate the ability of Dutch clinical microbiological laboratories to identify C. auris, and to raise awareness about the risk of misidentification. RESULTS: 35/47 participating laboratories were able to identify C. auris correctly. Only 2/14 labs that potentially misidentified C. auris with their primary identification methods specified that they would perform additional tests to exclude C. auris when appropriate. 45/47 labs used MALDI-TOF MS systems to identify Candida species. CONCLUSIONS: There was a lack of awareness about the potential misidentification of C. auris in many labs that used MALDI-TOF MS with libraries that lacked C. auris spectra, and labs that used Vitek 2. However, as the currently available MALDI-TOF MS libraries in The Netherlands contain several C. auris spectra, we expect that currently almost all participating laboratories are able to identify C. auris correctly, as 45/47 participating laboratories use MALDI-TOF MS as their primary yeast identification method.
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