It seems like everyone just stopped worrying about Ebola and now there’s a deadly drug-resistant superbug bacteria to be concerned about. At least two patients have died after being exposed to the carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, bacteria at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Seven more have been infected and 179 others may have been exposed.
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Unfortunately, the bacteria can be deadly for as many as 50 percent of the patients who are exposed to it. So, how did the exposure occur?
Well apparently it took place during “complex endoscopic procedures” between October 2014 and January 2015 when the scopes passed accumulated bacteria from patient to patient, even though they had been sterilized in accordance with manufacturer standards. The two identified contaminated scopes have been removed from the hospital.
Officials are in the midst of notifying everyone that was potentially exposed and is offering a free home-testing kit that would be processed and evaluated at UCLA. If I were exposed, I’m not sure I’d be satisfied with a free home-testing kit. Hopefully they can get this deadly bacteria under control quickly.