Illinois Hit with New Drug-Resistant Infection

June 20, 2017

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a group of extremely drug-resistant bacteria, is spreading throughout In Illinois hospitals,

The bacteria are leaving patients with very few treatment options as antibiotics have little to no effect on the infection. With CRE present in 48 states in 2016, the Illinois Department of Health is working closely with more than 100 different hospitals on tracking, researching, and learning how the bacteria spread. Many hospitals are implementing antibiotic stewardship programs—programs that monitor and regulate antibiotic usage—to reduce the public’s chances of developing resistances to antibiotics, according to the Illinois News Network.