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More on the New Nightmare Bacteria

Published March 18, 2013 10:21 AM by Brian Garavaglia

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently issued further warnings and health concerns regarding another bacterium that has become increasing resistant to antibiotics and has a significant level of pathogenicity and virulence. 

It is called Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae or (CRE). It has appeared in approximately four percent of the hospital population, but it has also surfaced in approximately 18 percent of the nursing home population. Because of its level of resistance and its potential for pathogenicity, it has become a microorganism that is being given considerable attention.  Furthermore, it has been dubbed the "nightmare bacteria" due to its resistance to strong antibiotic intervention, leading to the death of approximately one-half of those who have become infected with the organism. 

This portends some important issues, especially for those who are living within nursing care centers. First, the overuse of antibiotics has increasingly led to more resistant strains of microorganisms that hold severe implications for our health.  Furthermore, given that almost one-fifth of the nursing home population has encountered this bacteria and this population is already quite infirm and has various levels of immuno-compromised status due to health and age, the potential for concerns related to heightened mortality among this very susceptible population is considerable.     

Read more on this topic:

CDC Issues Warning on ‘Nightmare Bacteria' 

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    Brian Garavaglia, PhD
    Occupation: Long-term care administrator
    Setting: Sterling Heights, Mich.
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