Candida parapsilosis fungemia associated with implantable and semi-implantable central venous catheters and the hands of healthcare workers

Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 1998 Apr;30(4):243-9. doi: 10.1016/s0732-8893(98)00006-6.


A cluster of six cases of fungemia among hematology, bone marrow transplant, and oncology patients was investigated in a case-control study (18 controls). The use of implantable and semi-implantable central venous catheters was significantly associated with cases (p = 0.016). The hands of three healthcare workers (HCWs) were positive for Candida parapsilosis. Electrophoretic karyotyping showed two profiles among patients and HCWs, and five among six unrelated strains. The profiles of two HCWs matched the ones of the patients they had handled. The patients' strains were moderate or strong slime producers, whereas none of the HCWs' were strong producers. In conclusion, our results indicated the occurrence of an outbreak C. parapsilosis fungemia related to long-term central venous catheters in which the hands of HCWs were implicated. The amount of slime production might be associated with the pathogenicity of the strains.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Candidiasis / drug therapy
  • Candidiasis / etiology*
  • Candidiasis / microbiology
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross Infection / drug therapy
  • Cross Infection / epidemiology*
  • Cross Infection / microbiology
  • Female
  • Fungemia / drug therapy
  • Fungemia / etiology*
  • Fungemia / microbiology
  • Hand / microbiology*
  • Health Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged