- A New Jersey hospital reported a CRAB cluster in May
- It recorded 34 cases in a few months
- At the time, the hospital had to make changes to infection prevention practices because of rising COVID-19 cases
A hospital in New Jersey battled an increase in superbug cases amid a surge in COVID-19 admissions in the spring. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says this highlights how hospitals can be vulnerable to such outbreaks when they get overwhelmed because of COVID-19.
COVID-19 and CRAB outbreak
In a report, published Tuesday, CDC said an unnamed New Jersey hospital reported a cluster of Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) infections on May 28, when there was a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. CRAB is a multidrug-resistant pathogen known to spread in hospitals. Calling the superbug “opportunistic,” the CDC said CRAB is a “threat in healthcare” as it can cause outbreaks in hospitals