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One Patient Dead in Superbug Outbreak in North Carolina

Monday, 23 Feb 2015 12:19 PM


A superbug linked to two deaths in California has killed a patient in North Carolina.

So far this year, 18 people have contracted carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), Carolinas HealthCare System spokesman Kevin McCarthy told CNN.

Of those 18 patients, 15 had CRE when they were admitted to the hospital in Charlotte and three acquired it while in the hospital. The cause of the infections is unclear, as is the cause of death of the patient who died, McCarthy said.

Seven people in Los Angeles contracted CRE after routine endoscopic procedures and two of them died, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said last week. CRE was a contributing factor in those deaths, but the exact cause of death wasn't disclosed, CNN reported.

The patients in Los Angeles were infected by two medical scopes that were contaminated with CRE despite being disinfected according to guidelines.

The UCLA medical center is contacting 179 other patients who had endoscopic procedures between October and January, and is offering those patients home tests to screen for the deadly bacteria, CNN reported.

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A superbug linked to two deaths in California has killed a patient in North Carolina. So far this year, 18 people have contracted carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), Carolinas HealthCare System spokesman Kevin McCarthy told CNN. Of those 18 patients, 15 had CRE...
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