If you believe you may have developed a CRE infection, contact your medical provider immediately. To diagnose a CRE infection, your physician will administer a blood test and perform a drug sensitivity test on the resulting culture. If the bacteria’s growth is not inhibited by the antibiotics, one of which is carbapenem, you may have a CRE infection. Possible signs and symptoms may include: Severe Pain, Trouble Swallowing or breathing, Nausea and Vomiting, Black Stools and Death.
The above symptoms can indicate a CRE infection, however, symptoms may take a long time to surface, and they may vary widely in severity. As CRE is a potentially life-threatening infection, it is crucial that you contact your physician without delay if you believe you may have been infected.