March 7, 2013

Untreatable and Often Deadly

1 Nightmare Superbugs Are Spreading, Warn Docs

Superbugs known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) that resist treatment are spreading say health officials. CRE has been found only in hospitals and nursing homes but, if it isn’t contained soon, even common infections could become untreatable. CRE is resistant to nearly all antibiotics; has high mortality rates and kills half of people with serious infections who contract it. Plus, it can spread their resistance to other bacteria, says CDC Director Thomas Frieden who outlined a 6-point plan that includes judiciously prescribing antibiotics and dedicating separate rooms to infected patients to stop the spread. If CRE shares its resistance with common conditions now treated with antibiotics, such as UTIs and diarrhea, these might become untreatable, warn health officials.

More at Www.usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

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Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Diarrhea, Hand Washing, Hospitals, Nursing Home, Superbug, Thomas Frieden, UTI, CRE, Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, Stopping the Spread of Superbugs

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