What you should know about the superbug CPE

CPE has developed resistance to Carbapenems, a group of ‘last resort’ antibiotics that are used in serious infections when other drugs will not work

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
29th August, 2018
433 people 'colonised' by CPE last year

An estimated 5,000 former patients will receive letters telling them that they were identified as ‘contacts’ of patients who were colonised by an antibiotic-resistant superbug called CPE. But what is CPE and how does it spread?

What is CPE?

CPE is the newest in a long line of what we often call superbugs. It is an antibiotic-resistant organism, meaning it is hard to kill with antibiotics. CPE is carried in the gut...

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