Cloaked “Phantom” Bacteria Threaten the Middle East

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Already highly dangerous bacteria called carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) have learned to “cloak” themselves with genetic material, effectively hiding from the body’s natural defenses. Experts are calling these new types of CRE “phantom bacteria” and have already found a multitude of them in the Middle East.
According to a study published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, these hard-to-detect superbugs may soon find their way into other parts of the world through international travel, just as other diseases such as Middle East respiratory system (MERS) already have.

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