Enterobacteriaceae, Carbapenem-Resistant (all genera)
Infectious agent: Enterobacteriaceae is a large family of gram negative rod facultative anaerobes.
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Description of illness: Enterobacteriaceae cause a wide range of clinical infections and are a major cause of nosocomial infections. CRE are Enterobacteriaceae that are nonsusceptible to carbapenem antibiotics and can cause infections with high rates of morbidity and mortality, particularly among persons with prolonged hospitalization, those who are critically ill, and those exposed to invasive devices (e.g., ventilators or central venous catheters). Symptoms may manifest thru respiratory, wound, urinary tract, invasive, tissue, and other infections. CRE have become resistant to all or nearly all available antibiotics and therefore are classified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an urgent threat.
- Facility Guidance for Control of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) – November 2015 CRE Toolkit