GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- We first told you about a new 'superbug' released in the Center for Disease Control's recent report. This type of bacteria, called CRE, is resistant to strong, "last resort" antibiotics. Once it gets into the blood stream it kills half of the patients it infects.
In the first half of 2012, 4% of U.S. hospitals had at least one bacterial infection resistant to "last resort antibiotics." While 18% of long term care facilities had this deadly infection.
WZZM discovered the state of Michigan does not have hospital reporting requirements for this potentially deadly infection once it's found in a hospital or long term care facility.
The Michigan Department of Community Health says unlike other states Michigan does not require hospitals to report cases of CRE. Hospitals are supposed to report CRE outbreaks, but it's up to the hospital to determine the number of cases that are considered an outbreak.
We brought this to State Representative Brandon Dillon who also sits on the health subcommittee. He says he isn't sure new legislation will fix the problem but does plan to bring the issue up for debate.
(1st report on May 6th): A local woman who only wants to be referred to as "Marci" says her father was one of those statistics. She says after going into the hospital for retaining water, his condition made a turn for the worse.
"I just thought he was going in to stay for about a week and go home, but there was a couple of times I thought we were going to lose him," says Marci.
Marci says her father's minor leg issue turned into a dangerous bacterial infection that nearly killed him.
"I took a couple of days off work to go up to make sure he was going to be with us, my mom said he was getting bad, so we spent every making moment at the hospital."
Dr. David Dobbie is with Spectrum Medical Group's Infectious Disease Department. He says he's downright concerned.
"To enter an era where we may not have antibiotics to treat patients is disturbing personally and professionally," says Dr. Dobbie.
One type of germ increased from 2-10% in the past decade. Dr. Dobbie says this is why: "Hospitals are the epicenters for patients sick with a variety of conditions, medical devices are used, and a tonnage of antibiotics is used."
He says techniques like isolation, limiting antibiotic prescriptions, and notifying hospitals of the infection during transfer can reduce the retransmission rate for patients like Marci's father.
"Ask if everything is clean, ask if you don't feel safe with something, have the nurse come in and change something," advises Marci.
Most of the infections are in the Northeast but at least 42 states have had one infection.