Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)
Rapid CDIATM Trypanosomiasis rapid kits are intended to detect Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae in vitro.
Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) are also known as Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). They are Gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to the carbapenem class of antibiotics, considered the drugs of last resort for such infections. They are resistant because they produce an enzyme called a carbapenemase that disables the drug molecule. The resistance can vary from moderate to severe. Enterobacteriaceae are common commensals and infectious agents. Experts fear CRE as the new "superbug". The bacteria can kill up to half of patients who get bloodstream infections.