Ore. hospitals leading charge against superbug

Ore. hospitals leading charge against superbug

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Posted on March 8, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 8:16 PM

PORTLAND -- Hospitals around the country are dealing with a new antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria, and health experts in Oregon are leading the charge to fight it.

Experts say Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is a bacterium that is immune to even the best antibiotics.

Oregon is one of the few states that track the infections that are mostly found in hospitals and nursing homes.

Health experts have created a rapid response program that focuses on tracking the bacteria and isolating those who are infected.

A similar program in Israel reduced CRE infections by 80 percent

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