The opioid epidemic and increased injection drug use (IDU) may be changing the epidemiology of candidemia, which is typically a hospital-associated infection, according to a new study from researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and their state health partners.

For the study, the investigators examined candidemia cases reported during 2017 in patients older than 12 from 45 counties in nine states, comparing the information with data available from 2014 to 2017 from 21 counties in four states. They published their findings recently in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Doubling of injection drug connection

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