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For Immediate Release: March 5, 2013
Contact: Division of News & Electronic Media, Office of Communication
(404) 639-3286

CDC Telebriefing: Vital Signs Report Details Rising Threat from Lethal CRE Bacteria


CDC will host a telephone-only media availability to discuss the new Vital Signs report on a drug-resistant bacteria called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) that is spreading in U.S. inpatient medical facilities. These bacteria cause life-threatening infections that are difficult, and in some cases, impossible to treat. In some places, these bacteria are already posing a routine threat to patients and their medical teams. Learn what this means to patients and health care providers, and what can be done about it.


Tom R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Arjun Srinivasan, M.D., Associate Director for Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC


Tuesday, March 5 at 1:30 pm ET


Media: 888-795-0855
Non-Media: 800-369-1605
INTERNATIONAL: 1-630-395-0331           

Important Instructions
If you would like to ask a question during the call, press *1 on your touchtone phone. Press *2 to withdraw your question. You may queue up at any time. You will hear a tone to indicate your question is pending.

A transcript of this media availability will be available following the briefing at the CDC web site at


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