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CDC calls for urgent action to stop spread of drug-resistant bacteria

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Infections from a group of bacteria called C.R.E. are rising dramatically at hospitals across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says C.R.E. bacteria have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics over the past decade, leaving infected patients no good treatment options.

The CDC says during the first half of last year almost 200 health care facilities treated at least one infected patient. The people who are most at risk are patients in intensive care, or those receiving chemotherapy or organ transplants.

So far 42 states have reported C.R.E. infections, most are here in the Northeast.

C.R.E. infections are still relatively uncommon. But the CDC says hospitals need to act now to prevent the problem from getting bigger.

Health experts say identifying which patients have the bacteria and making sure health care workers don't inadvertently spread it from patient to patient are two key steps to take.

MRSA is another bacterial infection that's resistant to antibiotics and often attacks people who have been in hospitals.

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