Enterobacteriaceae

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Enterobacteria
Citrobacter freundii.jpg
Citrobacter freundii
Scientific classification
Domain: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Gammaproteobacteria
Order: Enterobacteriales
Family: Enterobacteriaceae
Rahn, 1937

Enterobacteriaceae is a large family of bacteria commonly affecting the stomach. The name is derived from the prefix "entero-", meaning intestine; "bacteria", meaning bacteria; and "ceae", meaning family or group. It includes many of the more familiar pathogens, such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli.

On February 19, 2015, 179 people in Los Angeles, California may have been exposed to the bacteria. At least two people have been reported dead. The bacteria has been called a "superbug" by news reporters.[1][2][3] It was confirmed that the outbreak was caused by the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Brumfield, Ben (19 February 2015). "Understanding CRE, the 'nightmare' superbug that killed 2 in Los Angeles". CNN. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  2. "7 infected, 2 dead after 'superbug' outbreak at LA hospital". The New York Post. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  3. Emshwiller, John (19 February 2015). "'Superbug' Came in Contact With More Than 100, UCLA Says". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  4. "2 deaths possibly linked to 'superbug' at UCLA hospital after 7 infected, 179 exposed". Fox News. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.