FDA Issues Warning on Medical Device After Superbug Outbreak

February 20, 2015 1:29 AM

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FDA Issues Warning on Medical Device After Superbug Outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Thursday for a medical device widely used in hospitals that has been linked to an outbreak of a drug-resistant bacterial disease and may have contributed to the deaths of two patients and the possible infection of as many as 179 others in Los Angeles.

The agency warned that the device, a type of endoscope or specialized tubular device that is threaded down the throat into the top of the small intestine, is difficult to clean properly, making it possible for deadly bacteria to be transmitted to patients.

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