Seven patients at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center of UCLA have been infected with what people are calling a superbug. Two patients have already died from the antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Apparently a medical instrument, which was cleaned according to medical standards, transmitted the disease, making it evident that this thing is really hard to kill. The instrument that was involved was a scope that costs $100,000 so disposal is not a readily viable option.
100 other patients at the hospital may have potentially been exposed. According to experts, a healthy person is not at high risk of becoming ill. But those who have a weakened immune system, such as those staying at a hospital, are in danger.
The infection is called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriacea, or CRE, and is incredibly difficult to fight. The few antibodies that are available to combat the infection cause numerous nasty side effects.
Maybe because of the Ebola crisis raging in Africa or the recent measles outbreak in America, people have been panicking about this “superbug.”
Hundreds may have been exposed to superbug http://t.co/FdVGC2ZJlB— ota (@ota82295024) February 19, 2015
My thoughts on the UCLA Medical Center 'superbug' Carelessness kills people. You are chose to save lives, not take. pic.twitter.com/Cz04dAyMxa— A Sweet D (@AnthonyD541) February 19, 2015
Move Over Ebola CDC Warning Of Warnig For Americans About New 'Superbug' Outbreak: February 19, 2015 Is it des... http://t.co/nzMXk0izRw— UnreportedNews (@UnreportedNews1) February 19, 2015
Guess we have our own ebola called superbug: Two patient deaths are linked to superbug outbreak at UCLA http://t.co/GduUHmemCa— vonea (@vonea) February 19, 2015
But experts remind the public that this is not yet a public health hazard to un-hospitalized people. The infection is very much controlled at this point.