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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-33

A case report of Candida pelliculosa sepsis in newborn nursery ICU

Department of Microbiology, Tirumala Devaswam Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India

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Anitha Madhavan
Department of Microbiology, Tirumala Devaswam Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-1282.116089

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Nosocomial transmission of Candida is a very important cause of infection in the neonatal intensive care unit (ICU). We report a cluster of fungemia cases caused by Candida pelliculosa in 17 neonates in our inborn nursery. Of these, 16 were premature babies who showed signs of infection. Yeast colonies isolated from their blood cultures were identified by Vitek 2 System (bioMerieux) at the Regional Cancer Centre Thiruvananthapuram. All the babies were treated with Amphotericin B successfully, with no relapse. Extensive sampling was undertaken from the ICU and cultures performed. Although no definite source could be identified, nosocomial spread of Candida stopped after infection control measures were strictly reinforced in the inborn nursery. This highlights nonalbicans Candida as an emerging pathogen in neonatal ICUs.

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