Three Cases of Antibiotic-resistant Superbug Confirmed at North Carolina Hospitals

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteria is pictured in this medical illustration provided by the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/CDC Handout)
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteria is pictured in this medical illustration provided by the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/CDC Handout)

The antibiotic-resistant superbug that killed at least two hospital patients in California also has been confirmed at hospitals in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, WSOC-TV, Charlotte, reported Saturday. A statement issued by Carolinas HealthCare System-Lincoln said three cases of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, have been confirmed.

The statement said two of those infected contracted the bug outside the hospital and the third was infected inside the Lincoln facility. WSOC said Carolinas HealthCare System was taking steps to address the problem, expanding decontamination procedures and protocols beyond industry standards, and was screening highest-risk patients.

The statement said the hospital system planned to place patients with CRE infections in isolation, provide dedicated equipment to such patients, clean rooms on a daily basis and where necessary dedicate staff for patients with CRE.

Medical officials said CRE can be contracted by coming into contact with an infected wound or stool and is mostly found in health care settings.

Earlier this week, the University of California, Los Angeles, hospital system reported it was contacting 179 patients who may have been exposed to CRE after undergoing procedures with specialized endoscopes — duodenoscopes — that are used to diagnose and treat pancreatic and bile duct disease.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: IBT, Marcy Kreiter

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s