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New Super Bug CRE is Nearly Impossible to Treat

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Warnings about dangerous C. Diff infections have been around for years but now there's a new, even deadlier super bug that's nearly impossible to treat.  

Randy Kolasinski tragically understands the deadly danger of an antibiotic resistant infection, his mother died from one.

"The doctor said there were two treatments for C. Diff and neither one of them worked and he affiliated the c-diff to the antibiotics she was on after her surgery..."  says Randy Kolasinski

C. Diff's been around for a while, but now health officials are worried about another silent threat lurking in hospitals,a deadly superbug called CRE that's nearly impossible to treat.

"CRE stands for carbopenemaise resistant enterobacterioacea and what that means is its not just one germ it's a family of germs that are causing the problem" says Dr. Frank Esper, an infectious disease specialist.

Carbapenem is the most potent antibiotic available, but it can't fight CRE and the fatality rate is already fifty percent. Ironically, they've always been with us.

"Normal germs that most people have in their guts but have become resistant over time because of repeated exposure to antibiotics" says Dr. Frank Esper

But once the immune system is compromised, they attack.

"At which point in time it's very difficult to treat because we don't have very many antibiotics that work anymore" says Dr. Frank Esper

CRE's have been found in 42 states, four percent of short stay hospitals and 18 percent of acute care facilities.

Infection control is key, and that starts with frequent hand washing. Every healthcare professional and anyone else who enters your hospital room should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer in your presence. For your own protection, bring disinfectant wipes and clean surfaces such as telephones, tv remotes, bed handles and door knobs.

Many hospitals and nursing homes are testing patients before admission to see if they're already infected, and if so, isolating them from others. But it's still one more thing that stresses Randy Kolasinski.

"I'd be worried about my father if he were in the hospital..." says Randy Kolansinski