‘SuperGerm’ Outbreaks Kept Quiet

‘SuperGerm’ Outbreaks Kept Quiet

Lethal forms of antibiotic-resistant bacteria have struck hundreds of patients in a dozen health-care facilities in Florida since 2008,  but state health officials have not required them to share their information and have not alerted the public, the Palm Beach Post reports.

In fact, Post reporter Stacey Singer writes, it took nine months for her  to piece together information on the outbreaks, getting little cooperation from state health agencies. Yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s chief was more than willing to talk about the dangers of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).

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