The Rise of ‘Phantom Menace’… the Superbug

virusAccording to a recent post by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), scientists are warning about the rise of a dangerous superbug they are calling the “phantom menace.” The strains of this bug stem from a family of antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).

The CDC released a statement about the CRE threat in 2013, when the infection first began spreading, but reports indicate that the spread has only increased among hospital patients. Due to their resistance to antibiotics, infections can be very difficult to treat and the spread can be challenging to defend against. There were 43 reported cases of CRE in the U.S. between June and August 2015 and infections can lead to death in up to 50 percent of patients.

With any infectious disease it is important to follow prevention steps including:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Wash hands when you are entering and exiting a hospital or medical facility.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging and sharing cups or utensils with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, counters, door knobs and other high traffic areas, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

It is noted, there is little chance than an effective drug to kill CRE bacteria will be produced in the coming years, so the best line of defense is to improve hand hygiene procedures and be diligent in preventative cleaning measures.

Swish offers a number of cleaning products that are effective at helping to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Contact us for more information about best practices and product solutions.

Swish Maintenance recommends the use of the following products in Canada to help reduce the spread of infectious diseases such as CRE:

  • Quato 44 1,2,3 Disinfectant Cleaner, Germicide, Virucide, Fungicide & Odour Counteractant
  • ES78+ 1,2,3 Enviro Solutions Stainless Steel Cleaner
  • ES64 2,3 Enviro Solutions Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrate
  • ES256H 2,3 Enviro Solutions Neutral Disinfectant Concentrate
  • PCS 5000 2,3 PCS 5000 Oxidizing Disinfectant Ready To Use/ PCS 5000 Oxidizing Disinfectant Wipes
  1. This product has one or more label claims associated with Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
  2. This product has one or more label claims for bacteria in the Enterobacteriaceae family
  3. This product meets or exceeds the Health Canada criteria for hospital use disinfectants

Swish Maintenance recommends the use of the following products in the United States to help reduce the spread of infectious diseases such as CRE:

  • ES24+ 1,2,3 Enviro Solutions ES24 Food Service Cleaner
  • ES25+ 1,2,3 Enviro Solutions ES25 Disinfectant, Cleaner & Odour Eliminator
  • 1000+ 1,2,3 Food Service 1000 Disinfectant Cleaner
  • ES64H 2,3 Enviro Solutions ES64 General Purpose Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrate
  1. This product has one or more label claims associated with Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
  2. This product has one or more label claims for bacteria in the Enterobacteriaceae family
  3. This product meets or exceeds the EPA criteria for hospital use disinfectants

For more information from the CDC, please refer to the links below:

http://www.cdc.gov/hai/pdfs/cre/CRE-guidance-508.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/hicpac/mdro/mdro_toc.html

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