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Dangerous Bacteria known as CRE Discovered in California Sewage Plant

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South Pasadena, CA – WEBWIRE
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reportedly found difficult to treat bacteria in a sewage plant in the Los Angeles area earlier in March. The superbug is known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).

CRE are resistant to many antibiotics, making them difficult to treat. CRE infections are common in hospitals, nursing homes or other healthcare facilities that have large populations of immunocompromised people. The infection is usually spread through contact with an infected person.

The CRE found in the sewage plant introduces concerns of the infection spreading to individuals who may come into contact with treated wastewater discharged into the ocean. The chlorine treatment performed by the sewage plant does not kill CRE. Research studies are proving that the traditional disinfectants used to kill bacteria before releasing the treated sewer water to a receiving stream are becoming ineffective against antibiotic resistant bacteria. 

“Gram-negative bacteria are the types of bacteria typically found in water, soil and feces,” said Diane Miskowski, MPH, National Legionella Program Manager at LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Their ability to swap genes with one another in response to environmental stressors makes them very adept at developing resistance to different types of antibiotics as well as disinfectants. This is worrisome to officials who believe these organisms will become a risk to swimmers and surfers in natural recreational water.”

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LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other substances.  In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states.  LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.

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