The super bug showing up in hospitals is considered serious enough for the federal government to issue a warning. This bug, which kills up to half the people inflicted with it, is similar to salmonella, according to “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday morning, March 6, 2013.
This is a new type of drug-resistant super bug and it is spreading quickly across in the Northeastern states. It is not yet common nationally, but the cases are spreading. The Center for Disease Control reports that this bug “can be impossible to cure.” The bacteria known as Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE for short is a very dangerous strain, the CDC is calling it “nightmare bacteria,” according to Syracuse.com on Wednesday.
Almost 200 hospitals and long-term acute care centers treated at least one person infected with these bacteria in the first half of 2012. The CDC issued a “call to action for the entire health care community to work urgently – individually, regionally and nationally – to protect patients.”
The hands of health care workers are one of the culprits for spreading this bug. This bacteria can produce a life-threatening condition for otherwise healthy people. The simple action of washing your hands is one of the best defenses for not spreading this bacteria. The CDC has offered other precautions to healthcare workers.