Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae

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Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae

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What Is CRE and Why Do People Catch it?

It shouldn't happen — someone goes into the hospital to get better and instead comes out with a potentially deadly "superbug" infection...

CRE refers to a family of drug-resistant bacteria. They've evolved so that most antibiotics cannot kill them, making them into what are known as superbugs. If they get into the bloodstream and cause an infection, CRE germs kill half their victims. Other superbugs you may have heard of include MRSA — methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — and Clostridium difficile or "C diff".

How common are they?

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