Dear friends. Please let me know how many of you have heard of Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae ( CPE for short ) without resorting to Google. I would like to know especially from our Sri Lankan friends whether they have heard of anybody infected with this bacteria in Sri Lanka. The reason is …I was supposed to have a Facet Joint injection for my backache this Thursday. In the pre-op assessment, I had to fill a form and it asked if I have been admitted to hospital in the last 18 months and if so where. So I had to answer in the affirmative as I was admitted to Nawaloka Hospital for two days on New Year’s Eve with severe backache and difficulty walking. Apparently, SL is one of the countries where this bacteria is prevalent and I have to have 3 negative rectal swabs before the injection can be given in case I am infected with this. I told the hospital that I have never heard of it and felt it was a waste of time and a money-making routine as it is a private hospital. So I would be grateful if you could let me know if you have heard of this bacteria. Thank you.