Drugs can’t stop this deadly bacteria stalking 42 states
Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae kills 40 percent of its victims.
There is little chance that an effective drug to kill CRE bacteria will be produced in the coming years.
CRE infections already are endemic in several major U.S. population centers, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Smaller pockets of cases have been reported across much of the country, including Oregon, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina.
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CRE kills 40 percent of its victims – and it can’t be stopped
In a matter of days after the middle-age patient arrived at the University of Virginia Medical Center, the bacteria in his blood had fought off even what doctors consider “drugs of last resort.”
“It was very alarming; it was the first time we’d seen that kind of resistance,” said Amy Mathers, one of the hospital’s infectious disease specialists.
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Healthy people usually do not get CRE infections.
one report cites they can contribute to death in 40% of patients who become infected.