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Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Information for Providers

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What is CRE?

Enterobacteria are a group of several different types of bacteria commonly found in human and animal intestines. Common enterobacteriaceae include E. coli, Klebsiella spp. and Enterobacter spp. When these bacteria develop resistance to broad-spectrum antibiotics known as carbapenems, they are called CRE (carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriacea). Some CRE infections possess carbapenemases that allow them to transmit their resistance from one enterobacteriaceae to another. When a laboratory identifies a CRE, they forward the specimen to Washington State Public Health Lab for carbapenemase testing.

Providers must report confirmed cases of CP-CRE.

CP-CRE is considered a rare disease of public health significance. Lab-confirmed cases must be reported to us within 1 business day.

To report a case of CRE, visit our Report Notifiable Conditions page, or call (253) 798-6534.

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