The Globe and Mail is reporting that a deadly bacteria, which is antibiotic resistant, has caused the Fraser Health Authority (FHA) to react swiftly and try to contain it.
The bacteria appears to have clustered in the Lower Mainland.
B.C. steps up battle with ‘nightmare bacteria’ cluster
[excerpt]A potentially deadly bacteria resistant to nearly all antibiotics has gained a foothold in the Lower Mainland, forcing the Fraser Health Authority to launch an aggressive campaign to contain it.
Fraser Health identifed 41 patients who were affected by carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) between last summer and the end of 2013, says Elizabeth Brodkin, FHA’s medical director of infection prevention and control. That tally, which far surpasses the handful of cases reported by B.C.’s other regional health authorities, puts Fraser Health on the front lines of fighting what has been dubbed a nightmare bacteria.