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Medical News & Perspectives
October 8, 2014

Efforts Mount to Curb Carbapenem-Resistant Infections

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JAMA. 2014;312(14):1386-1387. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.13251

As hospitals across the United States and other countries are seeing dramatic increases in the number of infections with the antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), experts are calling for better surveillance practices, infection control, and antibiotic stewardship.

One recent alert came from investigators who found that CRE cases increased more than 5-fold in community hospitals in the southeastern United States from 2008 to 2012 (Thaden JT et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014;35[8]:978-983).

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