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CPE remains ‘emergency’ but control measures impacted by Covid-19

By Catherine Reilly | April 20, 2020

The spread of carbapenemase-producing enterobacterales (CPE) remains a designated national public health emergency, but crucial surveillance and control measures are being curtailed by the Covid-19 crisis. The CPE emergency was declared by Government in October 2017 following “a rapid and worrying increase” in incidence. CPE are considered a growing threat to public…

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