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Worthy Christian News » Deadly 'Superbug' Spreading in U.S. Hospitals

WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– Cases of the contagious and deadly "superbug" known as CRE increased five-fold in community hospitals from 2008 to 2012 in the Southeastern U.S., CNBC reported.

CRE is an antibiotic-resistant bacterium that usually strikes people in hospitals, nursing homes and other health centers.

"This is a wakeup call for hospitals on how to detect the disease," said Dr. Joshua Thaden, one of the leading authors for the study published in the August issue of the medical journal, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

"And the reason this is very serious is because of the high mortality rate (50 percent) of CRE," Thaden explained. "The fact that we're seeing an increase is concerning."

Medical experts say that the overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals has led to the spread of superbugs. — Source

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  • Joe DeCaro
    25 July 2014 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae sounds like a resistant strain of enteropathic E. coli, i.e., fecal bacteria that is often present in ICUs, nursing homes and other long-time care facilities.

    Does anyone know exactly what this new bug is?

  • Dori Simon Lipscomb
    26 July 2014 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Enterococcus?

    • Joe DeCaro
      27 July 2014 at 6:16 am - Reply

      Enterococcus: Bacteria normally found in the feces, i.e., normal fecal flora.
      Two types:
      Enterococcus fecalis and Enterococcus fecium can cause disease, but they don't sound like "super bugs".

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