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Environment less important in hospital transmission of CRE

April 19, 2015

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae occurred infrequently and at low levels in the hospital rooms of infected patients, according to recent study data.

“CRE survives poorly compared to other important health care-associated pathogens on a variety of surfaces, including cloth, Formica, vinyl, and steel,” David J. Weber, MD, MPH, of the University of North Carolina Health Care, and colleagues wrote in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. “Our data suggest that the environment will likely play a less important role in the transmission of these pathogens compared with more common health care-associated pathogens, although this hypothesis will need to be confirmed by more detailed study of transmission dynamics.”

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