'Nightmare' bacteria spreading in U.S. hospitals, nursing homes: CDC Half of those infected die from this antibiotic-resistant bacteria By Steven Reinberg (HealthDay News) -- A "nightmare" bacteria that is resistant to powerful antibiotics and kills half of those it infects has surfaced in nearly 200 U.S. hospitals and nursing homes, federal health officials reported Tuesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 4 percent of U.S. hospitals and 18 percent of nursing homes had treated at least one patient with the bacteria, called Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), within the first six months of 2012. "CRE are nightmare bacteria. Our strongest antibiotics don't work and patients are left with potentially untreatable infections," CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a news release. "Doctors, hospital leaders and public health [officials] must work together now to implement the CDC's 'detect and protect' strategy and stop these infections from spreading." "The good news," Frieden added at an afternoon teleconference, "is we now have an opportunity to prevent its further spread." But, he continued, "We only have a limited window of opportunity to stop this infection from spreading to the community and spreading to more organisms." "Nightmare bacteria," shrugging off antibiotics, on rise in U.S. MSN·7 hours ago In addition, such seriously ill patients are often receiving ... Israel, for instance, cut CRE infection rates in all 27 of its hospitals by more than 70 percent in one year. Such measures include such standard… Infections With 'Nightmare Bacteria' Are On The Rise In U.S. Hospitals NPR News·8 hours ago CDC says ‘nightmare bacteria’ a growing threat Washington Post·1 hour ago ..