Government Steps Up Prevention for 'Super Bacteria' - WLNS TV 6 Lansing - Jackson | Your Local News Leader

Government Steps Up Prevention for 'Super Bacteria'


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The government is sounding the alarm on a dangerous and deadly super-bug, called carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, or CRE. The bacteria has reached 42 states in the last ten years.

It comes from germs that are a normal part of a person's healthy digestive system, but can cause infections when they get into places they don't belong. The most alarming part is the germs are resistant to antibiotics and can kill half the people who get infections from it.
Sparrow Hospital saw their first case in 2011. They haven't had very many cases since and have had none this year. They're still practicing prevention with simple things like hand washing and having a plan.

"Put that patient into contact precautions where the health care worker wears the cover gown and gloves. Assure that we disinfect the room properly and then we do just in time education for the caregivers who are providing the direct hands on care for the patient, and of course, work to education the patient," said XXXX.

The Michigan Health Department is also getting ahead of the game. Last September, they formed the CRE Collaborative.

"We set up a tracking mechanism tool and we're beginning to work with these 20 facilities who are voluntarily giving this information to us to track and see whether or not there is a threat of CRE in the state," said Angela Minicuci with the Health Department.

To learn more, visit Seen on 6.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WLNS. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Click Here to link to the FCC's public inspection file for WLNS-TV and Here to view the WLAJ-TV file. Persons with Disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's FCC public inspection file should contact: Teresa Morton- Program Director for WLNS and WLAJ at 517-372-8282. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or