Fighting Deadly Superbugs

Fighting Deadly Superbugs

Germs that are growing more drug resistant are on the rise in U.S. hospitals. Diane and her guests discuss how public health officials are fighting the spread of a group of especially deadly superbugs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning about the rise of a so-called "nightmare bacteria" in U.S. hospitals. The director of the CDC calls the Carbapenen-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae -- or CRE -- bacteria a triple threat. They are resistant to almost all antibiotics, they can transfer their invincibility to other bacteria and they are deadly. Infection with CRE has a fatality rate as high as 50 percent. So far, these infections are still relatively rare. They’ve only been seen in hospitals and long-term care facilities. But the fear is that they could soon to spread to the wider community, and the proportion of drug-resistant bacteria has quadrupled in the last decade. Diane and her guests discuss the rise of superbugs and how public health officials are trying to stop their spread.

Guests

Dr. Michael Bell

Associate Director for Infection Control, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Brad Spelberg

Associate Professor of Medicine, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Dr. Neil Fishman

Associate Chief Medical Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System.

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