A woman who gave birth to twins at Dana Children’s Hospital at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center was found on Wednesday to have been infected with Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae.
These are “gram-negative” bacteria that are resistant to the carbapenem class of antibiotics, which are considered the drugs of last resort for such infections.
Resistance to even the strongest antibiotics result around the world from overuse of such drugs.
The hospital reported that her twins were also infected during delivery and two two other babies who were in beds nearby were as well, but none of them developed symptoms.
They were all put in isolation, and the strictest rules of disinfection were applied. No other babies were infected. However, the pathogen is considered common in Israeli hospitals, especially in pediatric intensive care units.
Due to the bacteria’s resistance to even strong antibiotics, the management must be careful, as CRE bacteria that are not caught in time can lead to respiratory, urinary and other infections.