BY KATIE BRENNAN
March 6, 2013
The Centers for Disease Control are warning a new untreatable bacteria, or superbug, is on the rise. CBS reports, it has an odd name and nightmarish death rate.
“The so-called nightmare bacteria officially known by the name of CRE has been found in 42 states. They're resistant to even the strongest antibiotics, killing the patient whose blood is infected.”
200 hospitals across the country saw at least one case of CRE in the first half of last year. HLN reports this family of bacteria has a frightening power.
“Most antibiotics do not stop a superbug. Here is a very big point. They are spreading their drug resistance to other bacteria.”
USA Today reports the superbug has only been found in hospitals and nursing homes, thus far...
“... but officials sounded the alarm partly because, if the bacteria’s spread isn’t contained soon, even common infections could become untreatable.”
That explains why the CDC is calling it the “nightmare bacteria” and is recommending that health care professionals, like nurses and doctors, take extra precautions to keep the bug from spreading. The recommendations are simple but important: making sure to wash their hands and keep infected patients away from others. CNN is suggesting patients be extra cautious too.
“I always want to tell people what they can do because you can't control a hospital but you can be can empowered patient and control what happens in your room. So, ask doctors and nurses to wash their hands before they touch you.”
Health officials blame the rise of antibiotic-resistant bugs on unnecessary and inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics.