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Aurora Patient Infected with Potentially Deadly Bacteria

An Aurora Health Care patient has been diagnosed with bacteria that can kill up to half of the patients who become infected.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that the patient is hospitalized at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, just west of downtown Milwaukee.

The health care system says the patient is infected with Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE bacteria.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some CRE bacteria are “resistant to most available antibiotics,” and are very difficult to treat.

Aurora says it sees patients with infectious diseases on a regular basis, and has protocols in place to isolate diseases and maintain a safe environment for every patient.

The health care system is partnering with the CDC and the state Department of Health Services in the CRE case.