CDC warns against ‘lethal’ superbug
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning of a deadly bacterium that is resistant to virtually all antibiotics. The carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacterium is from a family of bacteria normally found in the human digestive system. However, many of these bugs have become resistant to antibiotics in recent years, which can cause serious infections that are nearly impossible to treat.
According to the report, CREs are most commonly found in patients at “hospitals, long-term acute care facilities and nursing homes.” The report states that while the bugs are not common, their incidences “have increased from 1 percent to 4 percent in the past decade. One type of CRE has spiked from 2 percent to 10 percent.”
What makes this bacterium so dangerous is that CRE kill “up to half of patients who get bloodstream infections from them.” The report makes detailed recommendations for medical facilities to help prevent the spread of CRE in their facilities, including:
- Staying aware of CRE rates at your facility
- Following infection control recommendations with every patient
- Prescribing antibiotics judiciously
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