Additional funding of research and technology is critical to prevent and quickly identify CRE, the CDC said.
Countries where CRE is more common have had some success controlling it.
Israel, for example, worked to reduce CRE in its 27 hospitals, and CRE rates dropped by more than 70 percent. Some U.S. facilities and states have also seen similar reductions, the agency said.
"We have seen in outbreak after outbreak that when facilities and regions follow the CDC's prevention guidelines, CRE can be controlled and even stopped," Dr. Michael Bell, acting director of the CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, said in the news release. "As trusted health-care providers, it is our responsibility to prevent further spread of these deadly bacteria."
Siegel said there are measures patients can take to reduce their risk of infection. "No. 1 on the list is [not to] wish that your hospital stay is extended. Patients think they are safer at the hospital, but that may not be true," he said. "And try to go into a clean hospital."
Patients should also make sure doctors and staff wear gloves and wash their hands when treating them, he said.
For more information on CRE bacteria, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCES: Marc Siegel, M.D. clinical associate professor, medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; Ghinwa Dumyati, M.D., associate professor, medicine, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.; March 5, 2013, teleconference with Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, Vital Signs, March 6, 2013
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