BREAKING: CDC Issues Advisory on Emerging Superbug – CRE: 40 to 50% Mortality Rate. 1 Year Infection Period.
February 28th, 2013
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is alerting clinicians of an emerging untreatable multidrug-resistant organism in the United States.
There are many forms of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), but of the 37 forms reported in the U.S., 15 have been reported in less than a year.
The CDC said the increase in CRE means health care providers need to “act aggressively to prevent the emergence and spread of these unusual CRE organisms.”
Enterobacteriaceae lives in water, soil and the human gut. These “surperbugs” have developed high levels of resistance to antibiotics – even carbapanems.
Individuals who usually develop CRE infections are those who are taking antibiotics and getting significant medical treatment for other conditions.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/02/27/reports-rare-superbugs-increasing-in-us/