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Superbug outbreaks prompt calls for mandatory reporting
Superbug outbreaks prompt calls for mandatory reporting

Well before the recent superbug outbreaks at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai hospitals, federal health officials had labeled deadly CRE bacteria an urgent threat. Yet there are still no national reporting requirements for the antibiotic-resistant superbug, and only 20 states have imposed any rules. California is not among them. When L.A. County officials examined the problem in 2011, they found 675 cases of CRE among patients at hospitals, nursing homes and long-term acute-care facilities over a one-year period. Those cover a broader set of CRE infections, beyond just those from tainted hospital scopes that are grabbing attention now. The number of patients affected is probably far greater,...

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