This superbug belongs to a once obscure family of drug-resistant bacteria that has stalked the corridors of U.S. hospitals and nursing homes for over a decade. Today it is a persistent and growing problem all across the country with doctors trying one antibiotic after another to no avail. The bacteria are named for their ability to fight off carbapenem antibiotics -- the last line of defense in the medical toolbox. Death rates among patients with CRE infections can be as high as 40%, far worse than other, better-known health care infections such as MRSA or C-Diff, which have plagued hospitals and nursing homes for many years.
The question in everyone’s mind is will this elusive bacteria escape the confines of health facilities to set up shop in local communities and so with potentially devastating effects!