More antibiotic-resistant bacteria in U.S. hospitals - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

More antibiotic-resistant bacteria in U.S. hospitals

Posted: Updated:

Amarillo, TX -- The Centers for Disease Control is raising concerns about ever-stronger and ever-deadlier bacteria in hospitals.  In a report released this week, the CDC found there has been a fourfold increase in CRE bacteria over the last decade.

CRE, or Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, are a group of more than 70 different kinds of bacteria that are highly resistant to modern antibiotics, and their numbers are growing.  In fact, the CDC found that the number of hospitals reporting cases increased fourfold, from 1 to 4 percent.  And infections can have up to a 50 percent mortality rate.

And ironically, using more and stronger antibiotics can actually help the bacteria evolve even stronger, as Dr. Roger Smalligan of the Texas Tech School of Medicine explains,

"It's a factor of the availability of these antibiotics in our hospitals and the fact that as newer and stronger ones come out, we tend to use them a lot as physicians, because they're so strong they can kill a lot of bugs and help people get better. The problem is that the more we use them, the more bacteria have a chance to mutate and develop these resistance factors."

However, your chances of contracting any CRE bacteria is exceptionally small, and most people with healthy immune systems probably wouldn't suffer any infection.  But you can take action to protect yourself - the CDC advises against using more antibiotics than are prescribed to you, and urges you to tell your doctor if you've ever been hospitalized in another state or country.

If you'd like to learn more about CRE, follow the links attached to this story.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:33 AM EDT2014-04-16 08:33:56 GMT
    What a nice end to the work week with sunshine, south winds and temperatures ranging through the 70s and even some low 80s out near the Texas panhandle.  For this evening expect temperatures to fall through
    Breezy, Dry, & Mild Today.
  • Cable One, Viacom continue programming dispute

    Cable One, Viacom continue programming dispute

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:38:19 GMT
    DUNCAN, Okla._ Cable One customers are still without 15 popular television channels after the cable provider failed to reach an agreement with Viacom by April 1. "We are not happy about this situation,"
    Cable One customers are still without 15 popular television channels after the cable provider failed to reach an agreement with Viacom by April 1.
  • Day two of Miles Bench competency trial

    Day two of Miles Bench competency trial

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:06:18 GMT
    DUNCAN, Okla._A psychologist who changed her opinion on whether an accused killer was competent to stand trial explained her decision to a Stephens County jury Tuesday afternoon. This was the second
    A psychologist who changed her opinion on whether an accused killer was competent to stand trial explained her decision to a Stephens County jury Tuesday afternoon.
ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

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