Drug-resistant infection hitting Illinois

From the Times:

Illinois is facing the spread of a ‘superbug’ disease that is resistant to antibiotics.

The group of bacteria, called Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, appears to be resistant to antibiotics, leaving patients with few treatment options.

Dr. Susan Bleasdale, medical director of infection control at the University of Illinois at Chicago, describes the population that is most at risk for CRE.

“People that develop this infection are usually very ill and have a high chance of dying from the infection because they have other illness at the same time that make them very weak and susceptible,” Bleasdale said.

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