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