‘Nightmare’ killer bacteria invades U.S. hospitals
The “Nightmare” superbug is known as CRE, or Carpabenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae.
It is not found in the general population, but is confined to hospitals and nursing homes. In 2012 more than 200 hospitals, or 4 percent, reported at least one case of CRE.
In long-term care facilities, the percentages shot up to 18 percent. While the percentages do seem low, the CDC points out that the rate of detection for CRE has increased over 250 percent in the past 10 years.