Article (Scientific journals)
Hospital Laboratory Survey for Identification of Candida auris in Belgium
Dewaele, Klaas; Lagrou, Katrien; Frans, Johan et al.
2019In Journal of Fungi, 84
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi


Full Text
jof-05-00084 PDF D2FINITIF.pdf
Publisher postprint (514.38 kB)
Request a copy

All documents in ORBi are protected by a user license.

Send to


Keywords :
Candida auris; laboratory survey; Candida haemulonii; Maldi-tof MS; Vitek YST ID
Abstract :
[en] Candida auris is a difficult-to-identify, emerging yeast and a cause of sustained nosocomial outbreaks. Presently, not much data exist on laboratory preparedness in Europe. To assess the ability of laboratories in Belgium and Luxembourg to detect this species, a blinded C. auris strain was included in the regular proficiency testing rounds organized by the Belgian public health institute, Sciensano. Laboratories were asked to identify and report the isolate as they would in routine clinical practice, as if grown from a blood culture. Of 142 respondents, 82 (57.7%) obtained a correct identification of C. auris. Of 142 respondents, 27 (19.0%) identified the strain as Candida haemulonii. The remaining labs that did not obtain a correct identification (33/142, 23.2%), reported other yeast species (4/33) or failed to obtain a species identification (29/33). To assess awareness about the infection-control implications of the identification, participants were requested to indicate whether referral of this isolate to a reference laboratory was desirable in a clinical context. Over one-third of all respondents (54/142, 38.0%) stated that they would not send the isolate to a reference laboratory, neither for epidemiological reasons nor for identification confirmation or antifungal susceptibility testing. This comprised 41.5% of the laboratories that submitted an identification of C. auris (34/82). Awareness among Belgian microbiologists, therefore, remains inadequate more than two years after C. auris’ emergence in European clinics. Our data confirm high rates of misidentifications with commonly used identification methods. Programs for raising awareness in European hospitals may be warranted.
Disciplines :
Author, co-author :
Dewaele, Klaas
Lagrou, Katrien
Frans, Johan
Hayette, Marie-Pierre ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques > Bactériologie, mycologie, parasitologie, virologie
Vernelen, Kris
Language :
Title :
Hospital Laboratory Survey for Identification of Candida auris in Belgium
Alternative titles :
[fr] Surveillance des laboratoires hospitaliers
Publication date :
05 September 2019
Journal title :
Journal of Fungi
Publisher :
MDPI AG, Switzerland
Volume :
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Available on ORBi :
since 21 September 2019


Number of views
68 (6 by ULiège)
Number of downloads
2 (2 by ULiège)

Scopus citations®
Scopus citations®
without self-citations


Similar publications

Contact ORBi