Five patients of UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles have been infected with carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae and an additional two patients have died from CRE infection, according to an LA Times report.
Approximately 179 people came into contact with the bacteria dating from October 2014 to January of this year. The infections are being linked to contaminated endoscopes used during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, according to the report.
Following the knowledge of the outbreak, UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center began to use gas sterilization for its scopes.
The California Department of Public Health, L.A. County public health department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the matter, according to the report.