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Cases of drug-resistant superbug significantly rise in southeastern US
Date:7/16/2014

nt) and nearly all cases were healthcare-associated (60 percent community-onset, healthcare-associated, 34 percent hospital onset). The higher rate of infection was found to stem from a combination of factors, including:

  • Increased use of broad-spectrum antibiotics;
  • Ease of which CRE enzymes could be transmitted among bacteria; and
  • Increased transmission between long-term acute care facilities and community hospitals.

"This is a wake up call for community hospitals. More must be done to prepare and respond to CRE, specifically infection control to limit person-to-person transmission and improved laboratory detection," said Thaden.

In a commentary accompanying the study, Christopher Pfeiffer, MD, noted increased financial and staffing shortages as two challenges community hospitals faced in trying to prevent transmission of the superbug. Pfeiffer offered, "CRE prevention and control could benefit from regional collaborative networks armed with knowledge and resources to assist individual facilities and coordinate between facilities, which have been successful in the control of other antibiotic-resistant bacteria."

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed a CRE toolkit to help protect patients and prevent transmission.The toolkit is available at http://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cre/cre-toolkit.


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Contact: Tamara Moore
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202-745-5114
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
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