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'Superbug' Infects Patients of UCLA Medical Center

CBS Los Angeles reports that a deadly superbug - carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae - has apparently caused the deaths of two patients and has at this point infected five others at UCLA Medical Center. As per the report: "CRE germs are resistant to almost all antibiotics and are more deadly than the more widely-known superbug MRSA." Read on to learn more about this recent exposure.

How the Patients Were Exposed

According to health officials, the patients were exposed between October 2014 and January 2015 when they underwent "complex endoscopic procedures" in which the endoscopes themselves may have been contaminated with CRE.

Prognosis of CRE

According to the CBS Los Angeles report, CRE understandably has health officials worried, given its drug-resistant qualities and the generally poor prognosis for those who become infected. In this report (Understanding CRE), CNN refers to CRE as a "nightmare superbug," with an apparently 50 percent fatality rate among those infected. CRE is an "evolved" bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics, which is what makes it so deadly.

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