by Gary Cumberland
Posted 2/20/15, 03:10 pm
Seven patients have been infected with a drug-resistant “superbug” at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center since last fall. Two patients have died, and public health officials are tracking down an additional 200 who might have been exposed.
Officials suspect a specialized endoscope, called a duodenoscope, is responsible for the infections. The instrument is used across the United States to open and drain small ducts that empty into the duodenum from the pancreas in patients with cancer or gallstones.