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CDC microbiologist, Johannetsy Avillan, holds up a plate that demonstrates the modified Hodge test, which is used to identify resistance in bacteria known as Enterobacteriaceae. Bacteria that are resistant to carbapenems, considered “last resort” antibiotics, produce a distinctive clover-leaf shape.

Drug-resistant germs called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, are on the rise and have become more resistant to last-resort antibiotics during the past decade, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. These bacteria are causing more hospitalized patients to get infections that, in some cases, are impossible to treat. 

CRE are lethal bacteria that pose a triple threat:

  • Resistance: CRE are resistant to all, or nearly all, the antibiotics we have – even our most powerful drugs of last-resort.
  • Death: CRE have high mortality rates – CRE germs kill 1 in 2 patients who get bloodstream infections from them.
  • Spread of disease: CRE easily transfer their antibiotic resistance to other bacteria. For example, carbapenem-resistant klebsiella can spread its drug-destroying weapons to a normal E. coli bacteria, which makes the E.coliresistant to antibiotics also. That could create a nightmare scenario since E. coli is the most common cause of urinary tract infections in healthy people.

Currently, almost all CRE infections occur in people receiving significant medical care. CRE are usually transmitted from person-to-person, often on the hands of health care workers. In 2012, CDC released a concise, practical CRE prevention toolkit with in-depth recommendations to control CRE transmission in hospitals, long-term acute care facilities, and nursing homes. Recommendations for health departments are also included. CRE can be carried by patients from one health care setting to another. Therefore, facilities are encouraged to work together, using a regional “Detect and Protect” approach, to implement CRE prevention programs.

In addition to detailed data about the rise of CRE, the Vital Signs report details steps health care providers, CEOs and chief medical officers, state health departments and patients can take now to slow, and even stop, CRE before it becomes widespread throughout the country.

Another Killer Is The New Coronavirus 

Coronaviruses are common around the world. They usually cause colds. However, from April 2012 to February 2013, a novel coronavirus caused severe respiratory illness in 14 adults from four countries.

The novel coronavirus caused severe respiratory illness in 14 adults from Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. This virus is different from any other coronavirus that has infected people and made them sick. Also, this virus is different from the coronavirus that causedSARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 2003. However, like the SARS virus, the novel coronavirus is most similar to coronaviruses found in bats.

Most people who got sick with novel coronavirus developed severe acute respiratory illness. Their symptoms included fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Some of them died. Only one person experienced a mild respiratory illness.

Investigators are trying to find out the source of the virus and how it spreads.

There are no reports of anyone in the United States getting infected and sick with the novel coronavirus.

What Are Coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface. They are common viruses that most people get in their lifetime. These viruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses.

Coronaviruses may also infect many different animals and cause them to have respiratory, gastrointestinal, liver, and neurologic diseases. Most of these coronaviruses usually infect only one animal species or, at most, a small number of closely related species. However, SARS coronavirus can infect people and animals, including monkeys, Himalayan palm civets, raccoon dogs, cats, dogs, and rodents.

Global Partners Working to Understand Novel Coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO), CDC, and other partners are learning more about this novel coronavirus. They are working to better understand the possible risks to the public’s health. For more information, see the article Update: Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with a Novel Coronavirus—Worldwide, 2012-2013.

No Travel Health Warnings for Any Country Related to Novel Coronavirus

To provide up-to-date information about the current novel coronavirus situation, travel notices have been posted by WHOCDC, and the National Travel Health Network and Centre(NaTHNaC).

Q: What is the new human coronavirus?

A: The new virus is a beta coronavirus. It is different from other coronaviruses that have been found in people before. The novel coronavirus probably came from an animal.

Q: Is this virus the same as the SARS virus?

A: No. The novel coronavirus is not the same virus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003. However, like the SARS virus, the novel coronavirus is most similar to those found in bats. CDC is still learning about this new virus.

Q: How many people have been infected?

A: From April 2012 to March 2013, a total of 14 people from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Kingdom were confirmed to have an infection caused by the novel coronavirus.
Saudi Arabia: 7 people; 5 of them died
Qatar: 2 people; both survived
Jordan: 2 people; both died
UK: 3 people; 1 died, 1 receiving treatment, 1 recovered

For more information, see the World Health Organization (WHO).

Q: What are the symptoms of novel coronavirus infection?

A: Most people who got infected with the novel coronavirus developed severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Only one person experienced a mild respiratory illness.

Q: Does the virus spread from person to person?

A: In the UK, one infected person likely spread the virus to two family members. This cluster of cases provides the first evidence of person-to-person transmission. The UK’s Health Protection Agency is continuing to investigate this.

Q: Has anyone in the United States gotten infected?

A: So far, there are no reports of anyone in United States getting infected and sick with the novel coronavirus.

Q: Can I still travel to countries in the Arabian Peninsula or neighboring countries?

A: Yes. WHO and CDC have not issued travel health warnings for any country related to novel coronavirus.

For more information, see CDC’s travel notice on Novel (New) Coronavirus in the Arabian Peninsula and United Kingdom

Q: What if I recently travelled to countries in the Arabian Peninsula or neighboring countries and got sick?

A: If you develop a fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 10 days after traveling from countries in the Arabian Peninsula or neighboring countries(1), you should see your healthcare provider.

Q: What are the treatments?

A: There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by the novel coronavirus. Medical care is supportive and to help relieve symptoms.

Q: Is there a lab test?

A: Lab tests (polymerase chain reaction or PCR) for the novel coronavirus are available at CDC and other international labs. Otherwise, these tests are not routinely available.

Q: What should healthcare providers and health departments do?

A: For recommendations and guidance on the case definitions; infection control, including personal protective equipment guidance; case investigation; and specimen collection and shipment, see Case Definition & Guidance.

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    • cynkalan

      That’s because most people don’t have a healthy immune system left due to their lack of proper nutrition!!!

    • PointBreak

      Good. Let’s hope it’s been engineered to target skin pigment, religious and political affiliation.

    • Neil Armstrong

      Well if everyone would eat manuca honey, drink colloidal silver and smoke pot constantly we could wipe disease out and possibly become immortal.

      • Pix

        “… smoke pot constantly…” And die of emphysema instead.


    • Pix

      This is what happens when you allow overuse of antibiotics and live in a sterile closet so you have no natural immunity. Bon appetit. :lol:

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