2 Dead, 7 Infected After Exposure To Fatal 'Superbug' At UCLA Hospital

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/19/ucla-hospital-superbug_n_6709764.html?ncid=newsltushpmg00000003

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  article dated 18 Feb 2015

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Contaminated medical instruments are to blame for infecting seven patients, including two who died, with a potentially deadly "superbug" at a Los Angeles hospital, officials said. A total of 179 patients have been exposed to the antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

They were potentially infected with Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, during endoscopic procedures at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center between October and January, said Dale Tate, a University of California, Los Angeles spokeswoman. Tests on a patient uncovered the outbreak.

Similar outbreaks of CRE have been reported around the nation. They are difficult to treat because some varieties are resistant to most known antibiotics. By one estimate, CRE can contribute to death in up to half of seriously infected patients, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The bacteria may have been a "contributing factor" in the deaths of two patients, a UCLA statement said. Those who were exposed are being sent free home-testing kits that the university will analyze.

The bacteria can cause infections of the bladder or lungs, leading to coughing, fever or chills.

UCLA said Wednesday that infections may have been transmitted through two endoscopes used during the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic and bile-duct problems.

"We notified all patients who had this type of procedure, and we were using seven different scopes. Only two of them were found to be infected. In an abundance of caution, we notified everybody," Tate said.

The two medical devices carried the bacteria even though they were sterilized according to the manufacturer's specifications, UCLA said.

"We removed the infected instruments, and we have heightened the sterilization process," Tate said.

National figures on the bacteria are not kept, but 47 states have seen cases, the CDC said.

Since 2012, there have been about a half-dozen outbreaks reaching as many as 150 patients,
according to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the UCLA outbreak.
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Re: 2 Dead, 7 Infected After Exposure To Fatal 'Superbug' At UCLA Hospital
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2015, 11:20:25 AM »
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ucla-infections-20150219-story.html

Superbug outbreak at UCLA: FDA issues warning on medical scopes

The Food and Drug Administration warned hospitals and medical providers Thursday morning that a commonly used medical scope may have facilitated the deadly outbreak of a superbug at UCLA.

The warning posted by the federal agency comes after a Los Angeles Times report that two people who died at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center were among seven patients there infected by a drug-resistant superbug. Hundreds of patients at medical centers around the country, including Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center, may have been exposed to the bacteria after physicians used the scopes in their treatment.
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Re: 2 Dead, 7 Infected After Exposure To Fatal 'Superbug' At UCLA Hospital
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2015, 11:25:50 AM »
http://news.yahoo.com/california-confirms-119-cases-measles-state-015448817.html

  And in other "news" from California,  119 cases of measles---still NO DEATHS.
  This superbug at UCLA should be a concern to anybody having endoscopy or even being in a hospital ANYWHERE IN THIS COUNTRY!!!!


California confirms 119 cases of measles in state

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Public health officials said on Wednesday that six more cases of measles had been confirmed in California, bringing to 119 the total number of people infected by a strain of the virus that has also been linked to a large outbreak in the Philippines.

More than 150 people across the United States have been diagnosed with measles, many of them linked to the wave of illness that authorities believe began when an infected person from out of the country visited Disneyland in late December.
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Re: 2 Dead, 7 Infected After Exposure To Fatal 'Superbug' At UCLA Hospital
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2015, 04:04:44 PM »
Nearly 200 UCLA Patients Possibly Exposed to Bacteria That Can Kill 40 Percent of Those Infected

http://ktla.com/2015/02/18/more-than-100-ucla-patients-may-have-been-exposed-to-deadly-bacteria/

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The deaths of two patients at a Los Angeles hospital are linked to the deadly bacteria CRE and more than 100 other patients may have been exposed to the drug-resistant superbug, a spokeswoman for the UCLA Health System said Wednesday.

Roxanne Yamaguchi Moster said in a written statement that seven patients at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center are known to have been infected by carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, and CRE was a contributing factor in the death of two of them.

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Re: 2 Dead, 7 Infected After Exposure To Fatal 'Superbug' At UCLA Hospital
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2015, 09:03:51 AM »
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/fda-warns-about-medical-scopes-after-%e2%80%9csuperbug%e2%80%9d-hits-california-hospital/ar-BBhLU4y

FDA warns about medical scopes after “superbug” hits California hospital

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned doctors and hospitals that a commonly used type of medical scope can be difficult to sanitize between uses and “may facilitate the spread of deadly bacteria.”

The agency’s warning came a day after news broke that seven patients had been infected by a drug-resistant “superbug” at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center since last fall. Two of the patients died, and public health authorities are tracking down nearly 200 others who might have been exposed to the dangerous bacteria through the use of the contaminated medical scopes.

Known as duodenoscopes, the devices are used in hundreds of thousands of procedures each year in the United States to drain fluids from pancreatic and bile ducts blocked by cancer tumors, gallstones and other conditions. Doctors consider them an important tool in detecting and treating medical problems early and in a minimally invasive way.

The California outbreak, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, represented the latest in a string of lethal superbug episodes linked to the specialized scopes.

Since 2012, similar outbreaks have occurred at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital near Chicago, where 44 people were infected, and at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, where at least 32 patients became ill and 11 died. It’s unclear how significant a role the bacterial outbreak played in those deaths, but the Seattle hospital stressed that the instruments were cleaned according to the manufacturer’s stipulations.

Lawmakers and patient-safety experts have increasingly pressed the FDA and device manufacturers to issue warnings about the problem and take steps to fix it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerted the FDA to the potential problem in the fall of 2013. Over the past two years, the FDA has received at least 75 reports of incidents involving at least 135 patients. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) earlier this month wrote to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, urging the agency to publicly address the issue. Until Thursday, that had not happened.

“The FDA is not doing its job,” said Lawrence Muscarella, a hospital-safety consultant and expert on endoscopes who has been monitoring the problem in recent years. “It’s really not acceptable. . . . These reports have been coming for at least 3 to 5 years.”
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Re: 2 Dead, 7 Infected After Exposure To Fatal 'Superbug' At UCLA Hospital
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2015, 10:12:14 AM »
Now everyone is supposed to avert their attention yet again from the economic war being waged against them as they dutifully did when ebola was being hyped 24/7.

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Re: 2 Dead, 7 Infected After Exposure To Fatal 'Superbug' At UCLA Hospital
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2015, 11:54:32 AM »
Now everyone is supposed to avert their attention yet again from the economic war being waged against them as they dutifully did when ebola was being hyped 24/7.

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/the-ebola-hoax-questions-answers-and-the-false-belief-in-the-one-it/

  Yep.  We are suppose to pay attention to the things that really don't matter while they place the elephant in the room to crush us all.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/hyperinflation-to-start-in-2015-economist-says-get-supplies-gold-silver-canned-goods-toilet-paper-bottled-water.html


Hyperinflation To Start in 2015: Economist Says Get Supplies : “Gold, Silver, Canned Goods, Toilet Paper, Bottled Water…”

Mac Slavo
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It’s impossible to predict when and how our economy will finally reach a breaking point, but according to contrarian Shadow Stats economist John Williams  it’s coming one way or the other.
The only thing we can do now is to prepare for it and that means stockpiling critical supplies, just like you might for an earthquake or snowstorm, but in larger quantities.
Because, if and when hyperinflation starts people will quickly realize that their dollars are worthless. And as we have seen time and again, and most recently in Russia, when a currency rapidly loses its value the public will have no option but to panic buy everything that isn’t nailed down in an effort to unload their diminishing purchasing power before their currency is completely worthless.
This means, as John Williams notes in the following interview with Greg Hunter’s USA Watchdog, that food and other essential supplies will disappear within a matter of hours.
If you have a crisis ahead of you the preparation, by definition, is something you do before as opposed to trying to scramble out after.
In terms of the inflation, holding physical gold and silver is a way of preserving the purchasing power of your wealth and assets.
In terms of buying stores of goods to live on… canned goods, toilet paper, bottled water… the disruptions to the system here early on could be just as bad as an earthquake in terms of shutting down electricity so you can’t pump gasoline, or getting distribution channels disrupted to grocery stores so that you can’t get food… You want to hold some of that in reserve to cover difficult times just like I do here in California anticipating a potential earthquake.
What we’re looking at here is a disaster just as bad in terms of the disruptive effects on people’s lives, but it’s man made as opposed to a natural disaster.

The challenge, of course, is knowing when it will happen.
As Williams highlights in his interview, we had almost no warning in 2008. People went home for the weekend on a Friday and all was well. By Monday morning the whole system was literally just days from a complete collapse that, as one Congressman warned, could have resulted in martial law and tanks on the streets of America.
Many of us were told in private conversations that if we voted against this bill on Monday, that the sky would fall, the market would drop two or three thousands points the first day, another couple thousand the second day, and a few members were even told that there would be martial law in America if we voted no.

Here’s the scary thing, as John Williams points out:
“People say everything is fine again—nonsense.  You had a panic in 2008… The system was on the brink of collapse.  The Fed and the federal government did everything in their power to prevent it. ”
“They pushed things into the future, but they didn’t do anything of substance to address the underlying problems.”
So, are we going to have another panic?  Williams says, “Yes, and that is the type of thing that can break at any time, and you just don’t have the options you had in 2008 for buying time into the future.”
In short, we are worse off today than we were in 2008 and all of the machinations by global governments and central banks have done nothing to solve the fundamental issues.
The question, of course, is when will the next leg of this broader depression take hold? When is the next crash coming?
According to Williams, there is no date he can provide, but he says that some specific events may signal that it is fast approaching.
Williams called for the beginning of hyperinflation sometime in 2014 but has now revised that prediction to 2015.
Williams says you will know hyperinflation is starting by watching the dollar.
“The first stage of it will be a reversal of the dollar.  We are not going to have hyperinflation until you see a massive decline of the dollar.  That will start the process.  You will see the flight from the dollar, and the Fed is going to have to absorb them.  That will be the trigger for the money supply growth within the system which will exacerbate the inflationary problem and the deficit problem and the funding problems.”

Greg Hunter: This is going to happen. I mean, this is not a maybe… It’s just a matter of when, not a matter of if. Is that correct?
John Williams: Yes. That’s correct.
I think the odds are higher you’re going to see it this year. But first the dollar’s got to break. The dollar right now is strong. The dollar has to sell off. You’ll see that, you’ll have some warning on that.
Watch what happens. If the dollar sells off gold is going to be spiking… oil is going to be rising.
With the dollar at multi-year highs as of late it’s hard for many to imagine a scenario like the one being painted by Williams. However, as we know, the governments of China, Russia and other countries are already moving to divest themselves of U.S. dollars.
Being that we are undoubtedly involved in an economic war right here and now, it certainly makes sense that Russia and China will eventually move to crush the dollar. They’re not ready yet, but they will be soon.
This means that you should be actively preparing for what Williams has described as a real possibility in the immediate onset and aftermath of an attack on the dollar. Waiting until everyone realizes what happened could lead to horrific consequences for those who failed to prepare.

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Re: 2 Dead, 7 Infected After Exposure To Fatal 'Superbug' At UCLA Hospital
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2015, 12:00:52 PM »
I would be concerned for anyone staying at one of the CRE infected hospitals .... Also note this is a "gut" bacteria ,,, so exposure to feces would be bad ...

CDC says :


http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/organisms/cre/

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in Healthcare Settings

CRE, which stands for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, are a family of germs that are difficult to treat because they have high levels of resistance to antibiotics.  Klebsiella species and Escherichia coli (E. coli) are examples of Enterobacteriaceae, a normal part of the human gut bacteria, that can become carbapenem-resistant.

Types of CRE are sometimes known as KPC (Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase) and NDM (New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase).

KPC and NDM are enzymes that break down carbapenems and make them ineffective. Both of these enzymes, as well as the enzyme VIM (Verona Integron-Mediated Metallo-β-lactamase) have also been reported in Pseudomonas.

Healthy people usually do not get CRE infections – they usually happen to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare settings. Patients whose care requires devices like ventilators (breathing machines), urinary (bladder) catheters, or intravenous (vein) catheters, and patients who are taking long courses of certain antibiotics are most at risk for CRE infections.

Some CRE bacteria have become resistant to most available antibiotics. Infections with these germs are very difficult to treat, and can be deadly—one report cites they can contribute to death in up to 50% of patients who become infected.

http://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cre/cre-toolkit/index.html
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Due to the movement of patients throughout the healthcare system, if CRE are a problem in one facility, then typically they are a problem in other facilities in the region as well'

http://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cre/cre-toolkit/f-level-prevention-supmeasures.html#facility-recommendations
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Re: 2 Dead, 7 Infected After Exposure To Fatal 'Superbug' At UCLA Hospital
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2015, 12:14:14 PM »
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20150220/us--hospital_superbug_outbreak-2d14c73550.html

Lawyer: Teen infected by 'superbug' struggling to survive

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 18-year-old student is struggling to survive after he was infected by a "superbug" outbreak tied to contaminated medical instruments at a Los Angeles hospital, his attorney said.
The young man has spent nearly three months in the hospital and is in grave condition after contracting a potentially lethal, antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, attorney Kevin Boyle said Thursday.
He had entered the hospital for a procedure that involved using an endoscope to examine his pancreas.
"They were scoping it out, trying to see what was the matter," Boyle said. "He had no life-threatening condition before like he does now."


At least seven people — two of whom died — have been infected with the bacteria known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, after undergoing similar endoscopic procedures between October and January. More than 170 other patients also may have been exposed, hospital officials said.
Boyle declined to release the teenager's name or where he attends school. The student spent 83 days in the hospital at one point and was released but recently relapsed and has been hospitalized again, the lawyer said.
"After he had the procedure, he was released. Then he came down with his illness, and when they studied him and noticed he had the CRE bacteria in him, they quickly put two and two together," Boyle said.
He said the family doesn't blame UCLA but is considering suing the endoscope's manufacturer.
That hard-to-clean medical instrument used on more than half a million people in the U.S. every year has become the focus of the investigation into the outbreak.


The infections may have been transmitted through two contaminated endoscopes that were used to diagnose and treat pancreatic and bile-duct problems. The instruments were found to have "embedded" infections even though they had been cleaned according to manufacturer's instructions, said Dr. Robert Cherry, the hospital's chief medical and quality officer. Five other scopes were cleared.
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Re: 2 Dead, 7 Infected After Exposure To Fatal 'Superbug' At UCLA Hospital
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2015, 01:07:09 PM »
Where is the hysteria we saw with the measles outbreak?

Did Obummer's illegals bring these super disease to UCLA?
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Re: 2 Dead, 7 Infected After Exposure To Fatal 'Superbug' At UCLA Hospital
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2015, 12:49:18 PM »
bump recreated
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