Colorex Candida

Focus on Candida species

Commensal yeasts usually present in the human mouth, gastro-intestinal tract, vagina and skin, Candida species can also be opportunistic pathogens. They are one of the most common causes of fungal infections.

Perhaps as a result of progress in medical therapy with a related decrease in patient resistance and increase in the number of susceptible hosts, the incidence of bloodstream Candida infections rose through the 1990s but has stabilised in recent years.


Medium Performance

1. High Contrast: intense colony colouration helping to differentiate species.

2. 36-48 h incubation at 35 °C or higher.

3. Panoramic view of the Candida population mix with the ability to detect major species but also the presence of minor populations.

4. Powerful tool: displays high specificity and sensitivity for 3 of the major Candida species at a time.


Specificity and sensitivity:

Candida albicans  Exceed 99%*

Candida tropicalis Exceed 99%*

Candida krusei     Exceed 99%*

*Specificity and sensitivity from scientific study: “CHROMagar Candida, a new differential isolation medium for the presumptive identification of clinically important Candida species.” Odds F. et al 1994, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 32 : 1923-1929.


5. Less workload: with traditional media such as Sabouraud agar, identification of mixed cultures is difficult, whereas CHROMagar Candida, just by the colour of the colony, will instantly differentiate various Candida species.

6. Facilitates the choice of appropriate and optimised antifungal therapies.