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Drug-Resistant Superbug at UCLA May Put 100 Patients at Risk of Infection, Death

Over the past several months, nearly 200 patients treated at California’s UCLA Medical Center may have been exposed to a deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or “superbug”, which has already been linked to at least two deaths and seven confirmed infections. Medical officials from the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles indicate that patients may have been exposed to carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) due to contaminated endoscopes used during procedures between October 2014 and January 2015. At least 179 patients have been notified that they may be at risk after undergoing endoscopic surgery, and seven confirmed infections have been identified among…