The carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE was much in the news last week after contributing to the death of two patients at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center following some scope contamination, the terrible bacteria has surfaced again in North Carolina by killing another patient.

According to Kevin McCarthy, spokesman of the Carolinas HealthCare System, 18 people have been infected with CRE superbug this year, and 15 of them are already on admission at the hospital in Charlotte – three of the 15 got the infection at the hospital but one had died.


While McCarthy would not disclose the identity or any other personal details surrounding the patients, how they got infected with CRE is not clear for now.

However, seven patients got infected with CRE in Los Angeles after some routine endoscopic procedures and two of them died at UCLA, and about 179 others got exposed since their visit to the hospital within October and January.

Following information that contamination of duodenoscopes was to be blamed for the outbreak of the infection at UCLA, the Food and Drug Administration is looking into the data related to the products. UCLA used scopes manufactured by Olympus, but the FDA is also reviewing those made by Fujifilm and Pentax.

McMarthy released a statement to indicate that Carolinas Healthcare System adopts standard techniques to disinfect its equipment, and further said that all the duodenoscopes in its service have proven negative to CRE contamination.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CRE is largely unresponsive to most antibiotics and has released information into how the bacteria spreads and can be controlled.

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