Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Information for Providers

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Overview

Enterobacteria is a group of bacteria often found in human and animal intestines. E. coli, Klebsiella spp. and Enterobacter spp. are in this group. Enterobacteriaceae. Enterobacteriaceae resistant to broad-spectrum antibiotics (carbapenems) are called CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriacea).

CRE that produce carbapenemase (CP-CRE) can transmit resistance from one Enterobacteriaceae to another. When a lab finds a CRE, it must forward it to the state Public Health Lab. The lab determines if it is a CP-CRE.

You must report confirmed CP-CRE within 24 hours.

CP-CRE is rare. You must report it within 24 hours. You can call (253) 798-6534 or send a fax using our form.

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