CDC warns of new antibiotic-resistant bacteria

CDC warns of new antibiotic-resistant bacteria

CDC warns of new antibiotic-resistant bacteria

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by KMOV.com Staff

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Posted on March 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM

(KMOV.com) -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced today the spread of a bacteria in hospitals that is able to resist medicine treatments.

Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, is a family of bacteria resistant to antibiotics. CRE kills up to half of the patients that get bloodstream infections from the bacteria. According to the CDC, almost 200 hospitals and long-term care facilities nationwide have reported at least one person infected with the CRE bacteria during the first half of last year.

The CDC says CRE infections are still uncommon but fear the problem might get worse. The CRE bacteria can reportedly transfer immunities to other member of bacteria within its family.

According to the CDC, the disease is can be prevented by enforcing use of infection control precautions, grouping patients with the bacteria together, having hospitals and other care facilities alert each other when patients with CRE are transferred, and using antibiotics wisely. 

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