ESBL Infections In Community Hospitals

Bacteria with multidrug resistance due to extended spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) cause devastating infections. Worldwide, the incidence of ESBL-producing bacteria is on the rise. In 2009, DICON researchers published a report that confirmed that this same increase was indeed occurring in community hospitals in NC. As a result of these initial findings, DICON researchers are currently completing a prospective, multicenter cohort study to investigate the clinico-molecular epidemiology of this emerging problem.