Sunday, December 21, 2014

'Nightmare bacteria' is officially a thing we should worry about

The Center for Disease Control issued a warning on Tuesday, essentially letting everyone know that "nightmare bacteria" is officially a thing we should be worried about.

'Nightmare bacteria' is officially a thing we should worry about

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The Center for Disease Control issued a warning on Tuesday, essentially letting everyone know that "nightmare bacteria" is officially a thing we should be worried about. It can be fatal in half of all patients who get bloodstream infections and it's resistant to most antibiotics. Cue panic.

A "nightmare" bacteria that is resistant to powerful antibiotics and kills half of those it infects has surfaced in nearly 200 U.S. hospitals and nursing homes, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 4 percent of U.S. hospitals and 18 percent of nursing homes had treated at least one patient with the bacteria, called Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), within the first six months of 2012.

Basically, it's this:

Plan accordingly.

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