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What is carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE, with regard to MRSA?

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suzanne66 26 Oct 2010

A carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae CRE is a type of bacteriun that has developed resistance to carbapenem antibiotics. Carbapenem antibiotics are usually reserved for severe infections.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans. It may also be called multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or oxacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (ORSA).
MRSA is, by definition, any strain of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that has developed resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics which include the penicillins (methicillin, dicloxacillin, nafcillin, oxacillin, etc.) and the cephalosporins.
MRSA is especially troublesome in hospitals where patients with open wounds, invasive devices and weakened immune systems are at greater risk of infection than the general public.

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