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Scope maker warned Europe about contamination 2 years before L.A. infections
Scope maker warned Europe about contamination 2 years before L.A. infections

Nearly two years before superbug outbreaks hit UCLA and Cedars-Sinai medical centers, the maker of the scopes involved was already warning hospitals in Europe about the risk of such patient infections. But no alerts were sounded in the U.S. by Olympus Corp., the leading manufacturer of gastrointestinal scopes worldwide, until this year. They came only after news broke in February about the UCLA outbreak, in which seven patients were sickened, including two who died. The time lag is raising more questions about what the device maker knew about the health risk its hard-to-clean scopes posed to patients and why U.S. hospitals weren't notified immediately. The Japanese company and...

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