Hello everyone. Thank you for joining us.
I'm Frank Malloy.
And I'm Leah Johnson.
This is Eyewitness News at Six.
First tonight... We're talking about something called C-R-E.
That's a deadly strain of bacteria that's the target of a USA Today Investigative report.
So far this year... Seven people have died from the CRE infections.
Those cases were centered at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center outside Washington, DC.
But this isn't the first we've heard of it.
Research from USA Today, which is owned by our parent company, Gannett Communications, shows thousands of C-R-E cases throughout the country in recent years...
According to the report, they've manifested as everything from pneumonia to intestinal and urinary tract infections.
Some facts on C-R-E... Death rates can be high ...Up above 40 percent in some cases.
And while most cases like the ones reported this summer turn up in hospitals...some fear...it'll spread beyond medical facilities.
Now what's so troublesome about CRE is... so far... It seems to have some sort of immunity, even when treated with some of the most powerful antibiotics.
That leaves some wondering if we're confronting an illness that could run rampant.
Peter Eisler is an investigative reporter with USA today...he joins us by phone with more on what he learned working on today's article.
Peter, you describe how this bacteria affects the body...
Any idea where it comes from?
Why isn't there reliable national data on the full scope of this problem?
You talk about a new tracking plan to zero in on cases and how they're transmitted.
Why do doctors think it defies what the article calls "drugs of last resort"?
What's the chance of a silver bullet, or miracle drug, being developed in the nest few years?
Peter Eisler ... That report is called "deadly Superbugs invade U.S. Health Care Facilities"... You can read it in USA Today online right now.
When a Perry family took their cat to the vet, they were told it had a broken bone.
But what the X-ray showed...was a complete shock ...
Tom George spoke with the family about Sugar... and what really happened.
When Kris Plested noticed that Sugar ... The cat they've had since daughter Holly was 10 was limping, they knew something was wrong.
<I noticed that Sugar had problems getting up on to the bench where I normally keep the cat food .. And then when you came over, she was really limping badly one day. >
So they took her to the Perry Animal Hospital ... Where an X-Ray showed a broken bone...and something else..
<but then there was also a surprised that it was hard for them to see the break at first because of the clusters of Bb's that were lodged in her leg into two different areas. Someone had actually shot my cat with a BB gun, so that was not a pleasant surprise at all. >
They put Sugar in a pink splint ... And she's getting around..with a slight limp.
<sugar was always an outdoor cat, but because of the injuries, she's now having to recover inside... >
Her vets say the BB's did not cause the break .. And that pets with lodged pellets ... Are actually more common than people think.
<people are surprised a lot of times when we're going over the X-rays .. And we say oh by the way, did you know he was shot with a BB or whatever, and they're surprised to hear that they're more concerned with who might have done that, versus the reason we took the X-ray in the first place. >
In fact, unless a shooting causes an immediate wound, some pet owners may never even know their pet was shot.
<years later they go and get them X-rayed and they have Bb's or pellets or buckshot in them and theyre wondering how it happened .. Well it could have happened even prior to your owning to pet. >
But while they may never know the when ... Or the who ... The main question for these animal lovers ... Is why...
<I mean in any case, it's never acceptable to shoot a cat you know no matter what the circumstances.>
In Perry, Tom George, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
We spoke with Captain Heath Dykes of Perry Police.
He says they have no record of pets being shot in the last two months.
East Macon's city council members want folks on this side of the river...to join them for a forum Saturday morning.
Ward 1 Council member Elaine Lucas says the goal is update East Maconites on some issues coming down the road.
They include consolidation...policing changes...and highway projects.