In early 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent a team of disease detectives to Florida to assist the state and a healthcare facility stop an outbreak of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, deadly pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections.
CRE are a concern in long-term acute care hospitals, where patients who need to be on life-support for long periods of time receive care. They are resistant to almost all drugs, difficult to treat, and are associated with high death rates (up to 40 percent in some studies). Read about Florida’s success in stopping the spread of this public health threat by clicking HERE.
If you want even more details about this outbreak, read the scientific paper in the October issue of the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
For more information about how your facility can stop CRE, see CDC’s CRE toolkit: http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/organisms/cre/index.html