BOISE, ID — The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) is directing facilities to guidelines published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the spread of CRE, which stands for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, a highly drug-resistant pathogen that is fatal in up to 50 percent of cases, according to a press release.
CRE are a family of germs that are difficult to treat because they have high levels of resistance to antibiotics; Klebsiella species and Escherichia coli (E. coli) are examples of Enterobacteriaceae, a normal part of the human gut bacteria, that can become carbapenem-resistant, the release stated.
According to the release, some CRE bacteria have become resistant to most available antibiotics, and infections with these germs are very difficult to treat, and can be deadly — one report cites they can contribute to death in up to 50 percent of patients who become infected.
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