WOODBURY - A deadly, antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria is spreading across the country, and doctors are having a tough time stopping it.

Doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say cases of patients infected with this bacteria have increased over the past decade. Roughly 200 health care facilities across the country treated people who were infected in the first half of last year.

CDC medical officials say the dangerous germs can cause serious and sometimes untreatable infections in hospitalized patients. The agency wants doctors and hospitals to implement its "detect and protect" strategy to stop infections from spreading.

The strategy includes making sure proper hand hygiene policies are followed, checking to see that all patients are screened for the bacteria and keeping infected patients isolated to limit exposure to others.