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CDC warns of deadly bacteria making the rounds in hospitals

The CDC is warning about the spread of deadly bacteria and issuing a call to action throughout the health care community to protect patients.
(ABC) -- The CDC is warning about the spread of deadly bacteria and issuing a call to action throughout the health care community to protect patients.

The bacteria known as CRE have become increasingly resistant to all or nearly all antibiotics.

When hospitalized, patients contract this superbug. It can cause pneumonia, blood stream infections and urinary tract infections.

Up to half the patients who get infected die from it and the rate of these infections is on the rise.

Presently, CRE infections only attack getting significant medical care for multiple issues in hospitals, long-term acute care facilities or nursing homes.

The CDC urges immediate action to halt the spread of the superbug. Patients in hospitals should make sure everyone who touches them has washed their hands – and if you don’t know, be sure to ask.

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