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Superbug outbreak: UCLA will test new scope-cleaning machine

Superbug outbreak: UCLA will test new scope-cleaning machine

Following a superbug outbreak involving three deaths, UCLA officials are planning to test a new scope-cleaning machine designed by a small Arizona company. The experiment could attract considerable attention since many hospitals across the country continue to grapple with how to prevent lethal patient infections from contaminated endoscopes. A number of U.S. hospitals have experienced outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant superbugs from tainted duodenoscopes, which are put down a patient's throat to treat gallstones, blockages and cancers in the digestive tract. The Food and Drug Administration, the Justice Department and members of Congress have been investigating the infections...

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