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New product: CHROMagar Candida Plus


For detection and differentiation of major clinical
Candida species, including C. auris

Candida auris was detected for the first time in Japan, by Dr. Makimura team in 2009. Since then, it has been the cause of heavy invasive fungal infections and hospital outbreaks worldwide. Also, many of the reported isolates showed a high level of anti-fungal resistance and resilience to contaminate hospital equipment.

In 2016, the CDC launched an alert on this bug because several hospitals in the US had reported outbreaks with a multi-resistant isolate: "Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat". (1)

In 2020, the WHO added the Candida auris to the "priority pathogens list" of microorganism under worldwide surveillance. (2)

Both organizations highlighted the importance of an early detection of this yeast in infected and/or colonized patients.

So at CHROMagarTM, we have modified the formulation of our legendary CHROMagarTM Candida so to have Candida auris growing in a very specific morphology: light blue colonies with halo and blue from the back of the plate.

And the beauty of this new formulation, called CHROMagarTM Candida Plus, is that we also managed to keep the color differentiation of the other common Candida species: C. albicans in green-blue, C. tropicalis in metallic blue with a pink halo, C. krusei in pink and C. glabrata in mauve, etc...

Unique medium to differentiate C. auris from other Candida species
With 100 % of specificity and sensitivity for C. auris strains, it's the perfect tool in case of outbreaks.

High Specificity
In addition, this new medium allows the differentiation of the common Candida species with a very high specificity (3)
C. albicans 100 %
C. tropicalis 100 %
C. krusei 100 %

(3) From scientific study "Evaluation of a novel chromogenic medium for Candida spp. identification and comparison with CHROMagar Candida for the detection of Candida auris in surveillance samples" Juan V. Mulet et al. 2020

Easy identification
Identification by MALDI-TOF can be carried directly from a colony, no need of subculture.

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