New Candida Auris testing kit from Bruker

Fungiplex is the latest addition to Bruker's infection control porfolio

Fungiplex Candida Auris is intended to act as an effective epidemiological tool for monitoring hospital environments

Bruker has launched Fungiplex Candida Auris, a new research-use-only, real-time PCR assay and kit for the detection of Candida auris in hospital hygiene applications. The company presented the product a the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology meeting in early July.

C. auris is a fungal pathogen capable of causing invasive infections in vulnerable patients, which may result in severe illness or death.

Often resistant to the most commonly used antifungal drug treatments, it can be transmitted relatively easily between patients, their families and healthcare professional, either directly or through contaminated surfaces or equipment.

Outbreaks of C. auris have been observed in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, raising a need to rapidly identify sources of contamination for efficient implementation of infection control measures.

The Fungiplex Candida Auris kit is not intended to be a diagnostic medical device, but is intended to act as an effective epidemiological tool for monitoring hospital environments, and as a research tool allowing investigation of patient colonisation.

Tests can be run on multiple real-time PCR platforms under identical conditions, in a user-friendly format, with results reported in less than two hours from DNA extraction.

Candida auris is also covered by the comprehensive reference library of Brukerīs market-leading MALDI Biotyper platform for the fast, nearly universal identification of bacterial and fungal species from plate cultures, or from positive blood cultures using the CE-IVD marked Rapid SepsiTyper kit.

Bruker recently also has received US FDA clearance for the identification of C. auris from plate cultures on the MALDI Biotyper CA system.

Dr David Eustace, head of infectious fungal disease (IFD) detection at Bruker, commented: "The addition of various culture-free, rapid Fungiplex PCR tests for IFD strengthens the range of options that are now available from Bruker in the fields of infection control and hospital hygiene, alongside the recently released IR Biotyper strain typing system and the industry-leading MALDI Biotyper species ID platform. From rapid detection to in-depth proteomic fingerprinting, Bruker can now address a wide range of customer needs in infection control and hospital hygiene."