CRE super-bug on rise in U.S. hospitals

A “super-bug” is turning up in some U.S. hospitals.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says over the last decade, an increasing number of hospitals have reported cases involving antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as CRE.

A CDC database shows long-term acute care hospitals have been especially hard hit with more than 17 percent of these reported CRE infections last year.

CRE can pass along antibiotic resistance elements to other bacteria and when it attacks the blood it’s often a killer.

But the CDC says CRE infections are preventable with with standard infection control measures such as good hand-washing.

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