A relatively new antibiotic-resistant bacteria called CRE is making inroads in some major American cities, U.S. health officials report.
It started with a chance discovery, a lucky break that revealed an unlucky situation.
Reprocessing has taken center stage in the medical device industry over the past two months, thanks to several high-profile “superbug” outbreaks that were linked to the use of contaminated duodenoscopes (type of endoscope) at two prominent U.S. hospitals.
The deadly pattern of illnesses began to emerge in 2012 at hospitals in Seattle, Pittsburgh, Chicago. In each case, the culprit was a bacteria known as CRE, perhaps the most feared of superbugs, because it resists even "last defense" antibiotics — and kills up to 40% of the people it infects.
From Forbes: A deadly strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, dubbed “nightmare bacteria” by the head of theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has struck again. This time two people died and 179 were exposed to life-threatening carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a deadly and often untreatable bacterial infection. Yet this is not a story about deadly [...]