Second L.A. hospital reports ‘superbug’ infections

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A second hospital in Los Angeles says several patients have been infected with a “superbug” tied to a medical scope similar to a recent outbreak at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center said Wednesday that four patients were infected during endoscopic procedures between last August and January. The hospital says one of the patients died from an underlying medical condition and not from the superbug known as CRE.

Cedars says infections occurred despite cleaning the scope to the manufacturer’s standards. The hospital says it removed the device from use and is enhancing its cleaning procedures.

The hospital says there’s no evidence other patients are at risk. But as a precaution it’s sending free home-test kits to 67 more patients who had procedures done at the hospital.

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