Monday, March 18, 2013

Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae CRE

On March 5, this report was posted as an MMWR Early Release on the MMWR website (


Background: Enterobacteriaceae are a family of bacteria that commonly cause infections in health-care settings as well as in the community. Among Enterobacteriaceae, resistance to broad-spectrum carbapenem antimicrobials has been uncommon. Over the past decade, however, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) have been recognized in health-care settings as a cause of difficult-to-treat infections associated with high mortality.


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