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LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. — An 88-year-old woman from Lincolnton died after contracting the superbug.
Alda Crump went to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln in early December with a urinary tract infection, according to Jerry and Jolene Church. Just before New Year’s Day, they were told Crump had contracted carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE.
“She really suffered,” Jolene Church said. “The last few weeks she really suffered.”
Health officials said at a Sunday news conference at CMC-Main there have been more cases.
They said 15 people have entered Carolinas Healthcare System hospitals already infected with CRE in 2015. Three people were infected at hospitals within the system.