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Prevent the Spread of CRE (Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.


Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)

are a group of bacteria that are very difficult to kill when they cause infection. Examples include E. coli and klebsiella. CRE often cause lung, urinary tract, wound, and blood infections. Carbapenems are a group of antibiotics that treat bacterial infections. In CRE infections, the bacteria release chemicals that prevent carbapenems from killing them. This is called antibiotic resistance. CRE infections can become difficult to cure and can spread to other parts of the body. CRE infections that get into the blood can be life-threatening.

Call your doctor if:

Prevent the spread of CRE:

If you are caring for someone at home who has CRE:

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

For more information:

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