CDC calls for more CRE infection prevention efforts

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├┐About 5% of acute-care hospitals and 18% of long-term care hospitals reported at least one infection involving a bacteria called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) to the National Healthcare Safety Network in the first half of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this week.

Highly resistant to treatment with most antibiotics, CRE infections have a mortality rate exceeding 40%. The infection can spread rapidly in health care settings and has the potential to move to the community, CDC said. “CRE are a nightmare bacteria,” CDC Director Tom Friedman, M.D., said in a statement.

The CDC’s report called for more research to “clarify unanswered questions, including assessing which CRE prevention strategies are most effective and investigating new prevention approaches such as ecolonization.”

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