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Government Steps Up Prevention for 'Super Bacteria'

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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.

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