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CRE, which tend to spread in hospitals and long-term care facilities, cause an estimated 9,300 infections and 600 deaths each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some researchers were aiming instead to get a population snapshot of CRE, to define how frequently these infections occurred and to understand which bacterial strains were causing infections within hospitals. This was the case in one recent CRE infection in a hospital in Reno, Nevada.