Super Bug Spread Tied To Medical Device

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(Oleg Popov / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Hartford Hospital is reporting that 281 of their patients have been exposed to a drug resistant strain of e-coli in the past year as a result of a procedure requiring the use of a defective endoscopic probe. They also report that as many or five or six of those patients were known to have been infected.

Hospitals in Los Angeles are reporting similar and deadly super bug outbreaks tied to the use of the same probe – a fiber-optic instrument called a duodenoscope.

What are government regulators doing on this problem?

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