CDC Urges Hospital Action to Stop Deadly Bacteria

Fierce Healthcare/Mike Bassett/March 6, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling on the hospitals and healthcare providers to act to halt the spread of deadly bacteria that has proven resistant to last-resort antibiotics. 

The bacteria, Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), causes a fatality rate of 50 percent in patients who get blood stream infections from them. To make matters worse, CRE bacteria spreads its resistance to antibiotics to other bacteria within their family, putting other patients and individuals at risk. 

The CDC reports that while CRE is still rare, the percentage of enterobacteriaceae that are resistant to carbapenems has increased fourfold over the last decade. 

For full story see Fierce Healthcare or CDC website. 

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