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  • Enterobacterales are a type of bacteria that usually live in your gut.
  • Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales (CPE) are a group of bacteria that have become resistant to many antibiotics, making them more difficult to treat.
  • CPE can spread from person to person via shared objects or people’s hands.
  • In most cases, people carry CPE in their gut without it causing any symptoms or an infection. This is known as colonisation.
  • If you have CPE, extra precautions will need to be taken on admission to a health care or residential care facility to prevent CPE spreading to other people

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Reviewed on: 06-04-2021