Enterobacteria is a group of bacteria often found in human and animal intestines. E. coli, Klebsiella spp. and Enterobacter spp. are in this group. Enterobacteriaceae resistant to broad-spectrum antibiotics (carbapenems) are called CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriacea). CRE that produce carbapenemase (CP-CRE) can transmit resistance from one Enterobacteriaceae to another. When a lab finds a CRE, it must forward it to the state Public Health Lab. The lab determines if it is a CP-CRE.
Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
Cause, illness and treatment.