An ordinary bacteria that antibiotics cannot reach is being called a superbug known as CRE (Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae). Many doctors and the Centers for Disease Control extremely worried and are doing what they can to contain it. This superbug is nearly antibiotic proof, highly contagious, and is spreading fast. According to the CDC thousands of hospital patients, in nearly 200 hospitals, in 42 states, have contracted CRE.
It has been reported that the antibiotic resistant superbug not only resists the drugs itself, but make other bacteria antibiotic resistant as well. This means that anyone with a blood infection could die from it. ABC New’s Dr. Richard Besser went to Montefiore Medical Center to talk to Dr. Brian Currie to find out more about CRE. “How big a deal would it be if CRE got out of the hospital and set up shop in a community?” asks Dr. Besser. “The results would be nothing short of catastrophic,” stated Dr. Currie.
So what is being done to contain CRE superbug? Frequent hand washing. Doctors and nurses are being observed and warned to continuously wash their hands before entering and leaving a room. They are also told to use the equipment they have for CRE patients, only on CRE patients. If you go to a hospital be sure to wash your hands before and after as well. If someone touches you ask them to wash their hands before and after. Dr. Besser warns, “it’s not easy to do, but it’s so incredibly important.”