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Deadly Superbugs are a Rising Problem
Written by Erin MacPherson
Created on March 08, 2013 @ 4:12PM

With the weather constantly changing some people are getting sick more often. But our main concern now is something called the superbug, which is a strain of bacteria that can't be treated. Doctors are calling it a nightmare bacteria.

The main superbug that's a problem right now is called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae also known as CRE. As of now, it has only been found in hospitals and nursing homes. But if the bacteria isn't contained soon, it could spread rapidly and make common infections untreatable.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told 5 news this bug is a triple threat.  It resists nearly all antibiotics, it kills half of the people with serious infections, and it can spread the resistance to other bacteria. But it doesn't spread easily from person to person, like pink eye or strep throat do. From 2011 to 2012, a CRE breakout killed seven patients. The concern is higher because this superbug can now be found in 42 states. A local doctor said he's concerned about not being able to treat simple infections and he has some tips on how you can stay safe and healthy.

"It's become very concerning because it's taking three or four strong antibiotics with what one used to. I think it's very prudent that we all have good hand washing techniques, good hygiene. That will help to eliminate or slow down the process of spreading this superbug," said Dr. Thomas Lauderman, Doctor's Quick Care.

CDC reps said this is a very serious problem and they needed to say something to save lives.


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