Nightmare Bacteria: CDC alarmed with increasing CRE cases, lack of treatment

By on Mar 7, 2013 in Health, Science, United States Comments
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Nightmare Bacteria
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The nightmare bacteria, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), is now resistant against the best antibiotics available in US hospitals, according to officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Based on the CDC official website, CRE is “a family of germs that are difficult to treat because they have high levels of resistance to antibiotics.”

In a statement during a news conference on Tuesday, March 7, 2013, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of CDC, said that,

Our strongest antibiotics don’t work and patients are left with potentially untreatable infections.

It’s not often that our scientists come to me and say we have to sound the alarm, but that’s what we are doing today.

The CDC director has called for a concerted effort by doctors, hospitals and public health officials to “stop these infections from spreading.”

In 2012, patients affected by the nightmare bacteria in 3.9 percent of US hospitals, including 17.8 percent of specialty hospitals, has become resistant to the strongest antibiotics available.

Most of the fatalities related to the nightmare bacteria, suffered from bloodstream infections. As of posting, no statistics was provided as to the number of fatalities caused by the CRE.



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