Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae is the family of bacteria also known as CRE. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a warning saying action is needed now to stop it from spreading.
Swedish American Emergency Department Pharmacist Kirk Schubert explains "CRE we really don't have many antibiotics to treat right now. There's really nothing available."
It's because CRE has even become resistant to last source drugs called Carbapenems.
"The resistance patterns started to develop, I think the first ones in 92' and have increased from 1 to 4 percent so its becoming more and more prevalent," says Schubert.
The "nightmare bacteria" as its being called by the CDC is not spread by coughing or sneezing. It's found in the intestines. Outbreaks can be controlled by practicing good infection prevention since it's also spread by temporary medical devices like catheters and ventilators.
Schubert says "the bacterium that causes CRE is found in the digestive tract of normal human beings they develop that resistance and then their spread from that point."
The best way to prevent catching the bug is washing your hands before and after contact with a healthcare facility. Schubert also recommends washing hands before and after handling food.
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