A “superbug” outbreak at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center has claimed two lives, sickened seven people and another 179 patients were potentially exposed. Dr. Trevor Vanschooneveld is an infectious disease specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine in Omaha and says this superbug is a deadly bacterium known as CRE.
Dr. Vanschooneveld says health experts believe the transmission source is a specialized endoscope used to access a patient’s pancreas through the intestine. He says those sterilizing the scopes did nothing wrong but there are many pieces to it and that bacteria could of been trapped in cracks not accessible through cleaning.
Dr. Vanschooneveld says there is good news. This bacterium is very rare in Nebraska, unlike Manhattan where 30% to 40% of bacteria is antibiotic resistant.