An increased number of hospital patients are suffering from deadly infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports in a March 5 press release. Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections kill up to half the people infected with the bacteria. The percentage of CRE cases has increased by 400 percent over the past decade. In the nation, the northeastern states have reported the most cases of CRE.“CRE are nightmare bacteria. Our strongest antibiotics don’t work and patients are left with potentially untreatable infections,” — CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.
- ‘Nightmare’ bacteria spreading in U.S. hospitals, nursing homes: CDC (vineoflife.net)