Seven Infected, More Than 100 Exposed To Potentially Fatal ‘Superbug’ At UCLA Hospital

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A potentially deadly “superbug” resistant to antibiotics infected seven patients, including two who died, and more than 100 others were exposed at a Southern California hospital through contaminated medical instruments, UCLA reported Wednesday.

Patients at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center were exposed to CRE during endoscopic procedures between October and January, the University of California, Los Angeles said in a statement. It may have been a “contributing factor” in the deaths of two patients, the university said.

Similar outbreaks of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) have been reported around the nation. They are difficult to treat because some varieties are resistant to most known antibiotics. By one estimate, CRE can contribute to death in up to half of seriously infected patients, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The bacteria can cause infections of the bladder or lungs, leading to coughing, fever or chills. CRE infections have been reported in every state except Idaho, Alaska and Maine, according to the CDC.

UCLA said infections may have been transmitted through endoscopes used during the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic and bile-duct problems.

The two medical devices may have carried the bacteria even though they were sterilized according to the manufacturer’s specifications, —> Read More Here


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