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CDC: 'Nightmare bacteria' invading hospitals

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  • 'Super-bugs' kill half of all people infected
  • Most antibiotics don't stop them
  • May soon be too late to stop spread
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The director of the Centers for Disease Control calls them "nightmare bacteria," and they're invading more hospitals and nursing homes.
    
Forty-two states are reporting problems with a class of super bugs known as  carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE.

Infections are not common but when they occur, they kill about half the people they infect. Plus, the infections spread their super-resistance to other bacteria.

The CDC hopes sounding the alarm now will stop CRE from moving out of hospitals and into communities.
 
More from the CDC: Patients face more lethal infections from CRE


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