The scientific name is Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE, and it’s a killer with virtually no drugs to stop it! Even the CDC is currently at a loss to describe the scope of the problem; having issued an alert this date to clinicians nationwide.
Since the first known case, at a North Carolina hospital, was reported in 2001, CRE’s have spread to at least 41 other states, according to the CDC. And many cases still go unrecognized, because it can be tough to do the proper laboratory analysis, particularly at smaller hospitals or nursing homes!
The question in everyone’s mind is will this elusive bacteria escape the confines of health facilities to set up shop in local communities and so with potentially devastating effects!