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Dangerous 'Superbug' strikes hospitals in 42 states

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If you or loved one are headed to a hospital any time soon, you should be aware of a super bug which has struck medical facilities in 42 states.

KSFY News spoke with some leaders at our local hospitals to find out how dangerous this super bug is and it's deadly.

It's a bacteria called CRE that's spreading through hospitals nationwide.

And what's worse, it's resistant to nearly all antibiotics.

A trip to the hospital could cause you to catch this deadly super bug.

It spreads from direct contact with others and it can cause pneumonia, blood stream infections and urinary tract infections.

Doctors at area hospitals and clinics are responding to this dangerous bacteria.

Dr. Wendell Hoffman, Infectious Disease Consultant at Sanford, said "now that it has spread to most states in the United States, and it's literally spread around the world, now is the time for us to do everything we can to prevent transmission."

Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Jeremy Storm said "South Dakota like a lot of states isn't spared but luckily we're a little bit ahead of the curve ball that we saw this already and we can kind of take measures to help prevent it when we do find it."

Some doctors recommend one line of defense is to ask anyone who may touch you in a hospital, to wash their hands first.

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