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Once Rare Superbugs Becoming More Common in the U.S. Reports CDC

EMSL Analytical offers air and surface testing services to identify microbial pathogens to help prevent outbreaks.


Cinnaminson, NJ, March 13, 2013

In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report entitled, “New Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Warrant Additional Action by Healthcare Providers.” The document discusses increased reports of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and the need for tougher prevention efforts.

CRE are a family of organisms that are difficult to treat because they have high levels of resistance to antibiotics. Klebsiella species and Escherichia coli (E. coli) are examples of Enterobacteriaceae. In healthcare settings, CRE infections most commonly occur among patients who are receiving treatment for other conditions.

According to the CDC report, “Because of increased reports of these multidrug-resistant organisms, CDC is alerting clinicians about the need for additional prevention steps regarding CRE.”  Researchers in Israel also recently reported that people infected with CRE can take more than a year before they test negative for the bacteria.

All of these reports highlight the need for infection control prevention methods to be strongly adhered to in places such as healthcare settings. EMSL Analytical provides indoor environmental testing services to identify a wide range of microbial pathogens commonly considered to be healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

“EMSL provides indoor environmental and infection control professionals with the tools to test for microbial pathogens in the air and on surfaces,” reported Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice-President of Microbiology & Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “By proactively testing indoor environments, especially those with people who have weakened immune systems, we can help prevent the spread of HAIs.  In addition to findings these organisms in healthcare settings, many can also be found in the other parts of the community.”

EMSL recently sponsored an educational video about healthcare-associated infections and microbial pathogens, including CRE, it can be seen at:

To learn more about testing for microbial pathogens, or surface and indoor air quality contaminants, please visit, call (800) 220-3675 or email .

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