A Harvard study found " CRE", as it's known, is able to resist antibiotics, and it appears to be spreading more quickly and easily between people, which could have deadly consequences.
The CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, calls CRE "nightmare bacteria," and there is an urgent need to find last line drugs.
The CRE family of germs causes about 9,300 infections and 600 deaths in the United States each year, and those numbers are on the rise.
A 70-year-old Nevada woman recently died from a drug-resistant bacteria that did not respond to 14 different antibiotics. She had broken her leg in India and contracted the bacteria there. After her death, the CDC tested 12 other antibiotics on the bug, but none of them worked.
A report last may claimed ten million people could die every year, starting in 2050 because of drug-resistant infections.
They say the best way to stop CRE from making people sick is to prevent transmission in the first place.
You can read more about the study HERE.
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