Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)

Overview

Enterobacteriaceae is a group of bacteria often found in human and animal intestines. E. coliKlebsiella spp. and Enterobacter spp. are in this group. Enterobacteriaceae that develop resistance to a group of antibiotics called carbapenems are called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (CRE).

CRE that produce enzymes (carbapenemases) that break down carbapenems and related antibiotics, making them ineffective. These CP-CRE are increasingly more common in healthcare settings. 

You must report confirmed CP-CRE within 24 hours.

CP-CRE is rare, must be reported within 24 hours, and confirmed by a lab. Healthcare providers and public health will coordinate appropriate infection control interventions to prevent transmission within and between healthcare settings. To report, call Call (253) 649-1412, press 0 (M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Or call the 24 hour Reporting Line: (253) 649-1413 and leave a message with the patient\'s first name, last name, date of birth..

Cause, illness and treatment

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