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UPDATE: A DEADLY SUPERBUG has KILLED two people and may have claimed the lives of up to 18 Victorians - reported in the Hearld Sun (Victoria, Australia) 17 June 2015. The New SUPERBUG is known as Carbapenemase Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). RIDOV will continue the fight against superbugs and will be testing RIDOV against CRE with ams Laboratories Sydney. Hospitals are now on high alert with 60 people infected across the state of Victoria. Health services are today being warned to maintain high infection control measures to combat a spike in confirmed cases of Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) an antibiotic resistant bacteria which is reported to kill half of those infected globally.Health authorities today confirmed 18 people had died with CRE infections since 2012, with investigations into the spread of the bacteria continuing.St Vincents Hospital has confirmed CRE contributed to the death of two patients since 2012.Although the patients had other serious medical conditions, experts believe the superbug contributed to their deathTHE KILLER IN OUR MIDSTWhile another 16 people have died across the state with CRE bacteria in their systems, authorities are still investigating how much the infections contributed to their deaths.In some cases people can by populated by the bacteria for up to four years without suffering an any illness from CRE.While stepping up testing for the infections screening, St Vincents found another 26 with the CRE bacteria since 2012, however only 10 of these became ill and required treatment for the superbug.The Herald Sun understands the Department of Health and Human Services has detected another 30 cases across the state.The department is now analyzing all of the known cases in Victoria for an epidemiological review to provide a more consistent testing and reporting regimen of CREs across the state.Health Minister Jill Hennessy said there was no broad public health risk from the bacteria, however the state was improving surveillance, infection control and reporting to the superbug threat.All health service CEOs and chief medical officers today have instituted a response to make sure we are better able to identify, contain and address any issues relating to KPC,l she said.We dont want Victorians to feel frightened about using their public health services at all, we are simply taking additional; steps to make sure that we manage this issue properly to make sure our health service are safe.St Vincents Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Associate Professor Kumar Visvanathan, said there had not been any confirmed cases since March and the hospital was doing everything possible to control the spread of CREs.We are redoubling our efforts to eradicate CREs, and while its early days yet, we do believe we are having some success, Assoc. Prof. Visvanathan said.Since March the hospital has increased its infection control practices beyond the national guidelines for dealing with CREs, by enhanced screening protocols, questioning patients about overseas travel and educating staff.The action comes as superbugs or multi-drug-resistant bacteria become a growing global challenge following decades of rampant antibiotic use has seen the drugs lose their impact against some types of bacteria.Typically found in overseas countries such as Greece and Italy, people carrying CREs often present to hospital for other reasons unaware they have the bacteria with no symptoms, requiring no treatment.CRE - CAUSES & TRANSMISSIONThis resistance to carbapenem is not the only reason CRE bacteria are considered dangerous. CRE bacteria that reach the bloodstream have a mortality (death) rate of 40%-50%. CRE are transmitted person to person, usually by direct contact with contaminated feces, skin, or instruments used in hospitals.HOW DO CRE BACTERIA DEVELOP?The genetics of Enterobacteriaceae are complex; many genera and strains possess genetic material that codes for resistance against many types of antibiotics; unfortunately, as a strain develops resistance to an antibiotic, not only does it become resistant to that antibiotic, the genes that confer resistance to one antibiotic become linked to each other. Consequently, as different antibiotic resistance occurs, the genetic material can become linked together thus conferring antibiotic resistance to several antibiotics in a single bacterial strain. Such bacteria that are resistant to several antibiotics are considerably more dangerous to humans they may infect than are bacteria susceptible to antibiotics.As new antibiotics are introduced, they can pressure the bacteria to adapt to survive even the newest and most powerful ones; bacteria survive by allowing to replicate those few bacteria that develop stable resistance components that are genetically coded and then pass on genetic antibiotic resistance to other bacteria. Unfortunately, this new genetic ability is then again linked to other antibiotic-resistant genetic material, thus resulting in "dangerous" bacterial strains that are resistant to many, if not all, antibiotics. That is the current situation for CRE bacteria. Keep in mind that there are strains of CRE bacteria that can fairly easily transfer genetic information to other bacterial strains that do not have multiple drug resistance but may have the potential to be dangerous under certain circumstances.In this fight against superbugs, RIDOV will be testing against CRE with ams Laboratories Sydney, an independent Australia-based testing laboratory that provides World-Class Analytical & Consulting Services in Microbiology.
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