Study: Drug-resistant superbug spreading wider than thought


WASHINGTON, D.C.  (KXAN/WFLA) — The National Academy of Science study says the superbug may be spreading wider than previously thought. The superbug is known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE and it tends to spread in hospitals or long-term care facilities.

The Center for Disease Control says it causes an estimated 9,300 infections and 600 deaths per year. The study suggests the superbug generally spreads from patient to patient without signs of symptoms.

The news comes after a recent report showing a Nevada woman who died last year, “actually died from a strain resistant to 26 different antibiotics,” KLAS-TV reported.

The resistance to antibiotics is believed to stem from the different species and genes that make up the superbug. These characteristics bring together “high levels of resistance to some of the most important antibiotics remaining in our arsenal,” according to the study.

Experts say stopping it is as simple as having those who care for the sick wash their hands and clean medical equipment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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