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Description:This illustration depicts a three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated image of a group of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteria. The artistic recreation was based upon scanning electron microscopic (SEM) imagery.
Untreatable and hard-to-treat infections from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteria are on the rise among patients in medical facilities. CRE have become resistant to all or nearly all the antibiotics we have today. Almost half of hospital patients who get bloodstream infections from CRE bacteria die from the infection.

- Some Enterobacteriaceae are resistant to nearly all antibiotics, including carbapenems, which are often   considered the antibiotics of last resort.

- More than 9,000 healthcare-associated infections are caused by CRE each year.

- CDC laboratories have confirmed at least one type of CRE in healthcare facilities in 44 states.

- About 4% of U.S. short-stay hospitals had at least one patient with a serious CRE infection during the first   half of 2012. About 18% of long-term acute care hospitals had one.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ James Archer
Creation Date:2013
Photo Credit:U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Medical Illustrator
Links:CDC - CDC News Room; Digital Press Kit - Untreatable: Today’s Drug-Resistant Health Threats
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