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March 8, 2013
- Untreatable and hard-to-treat infections from
carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) germs are on the rise among patients in medical facilities, with 42 states reporting having had at least one patient test positive for one type of CRE.
- The increase in CRE infections is alarming because these bacteria kill up to half of people who get
severe infections from them. CRE germs have become resistant to all or nearly all the antibiotics we have today.
- By following CDC
guidelines, healthcare leaders and providers can halt CRE infections before they become widespread in medical facilities and potentially spread to otherwise healthy people outside of medical facilities.