GREEN BAY - The Centers for Disease Control warning hospitals to take action against a so-called "nightmare bacteria" that could kill patients.
Area hospitals say combined they've seen less than a handful of people ill from these so called "superbugs."
But doctors say the germs are not to be taken lightly.
"We're seeing this across the country and around the world, causing infections in the urinary tracts, in wounds, causing pneumonia, causing bloodstream infections and the problem with it is we have very few antibiotics to treat the patients with because the bacteria are resistant to so many," explained St. Vincent infectious disease physician Dr. Sarah Lulloff.
Health officials say the drug-resistant germs, known as CRE, have spread over the past decade.
During the first half of 2012, the CDC reported almost 200 hospitals and long-term acute care facilities treated at least one patient infected with these bacteria.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, only 25 isolated cases have been reported in the state since December of 2011.
CRE primarily affects people with chronic illness or those with long-term hospital stays.
The bacteria can kill up to half of patients who get bloodstream infections.
"Although we don't know what the future will bring, we may have a short window of opportunity to take action," explained CDC director Tom Frieden. "If we miss this window of opportunity the deadly bacteria CRE could spread much more widely."
The germs usually pass from person-to-person, often on the hands of health care workers.
But area hospitals say they have plans in place to stop the spread.
"We're extremely aggressive at our hospitals all throughout the city at isolating those patients, identifying them easily through information from the laboratories and we wear gowns and use gloves and do aggressive hand hygiene," Dr. Lolloff explained.
And doctors say consistent hand washing can also help keep you safe from the bugs as well.
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