‘Super Bug’ Kills Two at Carolinas Healthcare System Hospitals

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CHARLOTTE, NC — An antibiotic-resistant super bug has killed two people at Carolinas Healthcare System hospitals.  

18 people have been treated for carbapenem-resistant enterobacteria at CHS facilities, and patients are being screened for it and isolated if they’re been contaminated.

CRE germs can cause deadly infections in patients, fighting off even the most powerful antibiotics.  The CDC says healthy people don’t normally get the super bug; it mainly hits hospital patients and residents of nursing homes.

The super bug is spread in several ways.  CRE can be found on hospital equipment like breathing machines, catheters or IVs.  It can be transmitted by healthcare workers who don’t scrub their hands properly, or don’t wear gloves when treating infected patients.  And it can be spread patient-to-patient through hands, skin, bodily fluids and wounds.