Superbug found deadly at UCLA

Caitlyn Oliver

Seven people were infected with an antibiotic resistant superbug at the University of California, Los Angeles. Two victims have died.

The outbreak of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, was caused by contaminated medical equipment, eventually endoscopes were found to be the source despite sterilization.

The family of an 18-year-old male victim is considering suing the endoscope manufacturer, not the hospital. Other cases have appeared around the country with the same type of endoscope used in the victim’s procedure.

Patients who could have been exposed have been notified and the hospital is offering free testing and treatment to make sure no one else is infected.