A bacterial infection has spread on the fourth floor of the Norfolk General Hospital, and employees are working hard to contain it. On Saturday, the hospital said an outbreak of CPE, a bacterial infection which generally lives in our bowels, occurred on floor 4B. The hospital reacted to the outbreak by isolating the affected patients, including restricting visitation and canceling Thanksgiving activities for the floor. CPE is resistant to many antibiotics, making treatment difficult. It’s typically spread through surfaces and equipment. It can also be spread from one person to the other through unwashed hands. CPE can cause pneumonia or UTI’s in people with weak immune systems.