Posts tagged: carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae

Foreign Superbugs Invade The U.S

Two new cases of what is being deemed an emerging “superbug” have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both cases occurred in my home state of Rhode Island, and bring light to an emerging threat that people need to be made more aware of.

This new threat, known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), describes a family of germs that are highly resistant to many antibiotic treatments. CRE can be found in the normal gut flora of humans, where such bacteria can survive without causing any clinical problems in healthy individuals. For those with compromised immune systems however, CRE can wreak havoc through mechanisms of destruction similar to that of C. diff and other opportunistic pathogens.

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