Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
CREs get their name from the antibiotics that they are capable of resisting: the “last resort” carbapenem. As a result, these strains are at times the closest to reaching full drug-resistant status. Unlike the relatively docile Clostridium difficile, CRE blood infections carry a 50% mortality rate. This latent risk, coupled with growing drug resistance, makes CREs actually the most urgent concern on the list in terms of fatalities.
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