Enterobacteria is a group of bacteria often found in human and animal intestines. E. coli, Klebsiella spp. and Enterobacter spp. are in this group. Enterobacteriaceae resistant to broad-spectrum antibiotics (carbapenems) are called CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriacea).
CRE that produce carbapenemase (CP-CRE) can transmit resistance from one Enterobacteriaceae to another. When a lab finds a CRE, it must forward it to the state Public Health Lab. The lab determines if it is a CP-CRE.
You must report confirmed CP-CRE within 24 hours.
CP-CRE is rare. You must report it within 24 hours. To report, call the reporting line at 360-728-2235 or fax reporting form to 360-813-1168.