What is Candida auris?
It belongs to a family of fungi or yeasts that live on the skin and inside the human body.
A more common "cousin" in this family is Candida albicans, which causes the yeast infection thrush.
Candida auris was first identified in 2009 in a patient from Japan.
Hospital outbreaks have since been reported in the United States, India, Pakistan, Venezuela, Colombia, Israel, Oman, South Africa and Spain, as well as the UK.