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CDC: Superbugs threatening lives of patients, healthcare professionals

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Nightmare superbugs are threatening the lives of patients and healthcare professionals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The bacteria kill half of all people with serious infections and resist antibiotic treatment, according to the CDC.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, alarmed healthcare providers with the announcement on Tuesday, March 5 of a dangerous super bug, Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), and has urged hospitals and nursing homes to protect patients and families through vigorous hand hygiene programs.

Currently, almost all CRE infections occur in people receiving significant medical care, according to a CDC news release. CRE are usually transmitted from person-to-person, often on the hands of health care workers.

In 2012, CDC released a concise, practical CRE prevention toolkit with in-depth recommendations to control CRE transmission in hospitals, long-term acute care facilities, and nursing homes:

Click here to learn about the background and prevention tips of the superbug.

 

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