Candida albicans

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Candida albicans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Subphylum: Saccharomycotina
Class: Saccharomycetes
Order: Saccharomycetales
Genus: Candida
Species: C. albicans
Binomial name
Candida albicans
C.P. Robin; Berkhout 1923

Candida albicans is a yeast which causes oral and genital infections in humans. The infection is 'candidiasis', better known as thrush. It is treated with antimycotics (anti-fungal drugs).

C. albicans biofilms readily form on the surface of medical devices. In addition, hospital-related infections in patients have become a cause of major health concern.

C. albicans is among the gut flora, the many organisms that live in the human mouth and gastrointestinal tract. Under normal circumstances, it lives in 80% of the human population with no harmful effects, although overgrowth results in candidiasis.