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Chicago hospital at the heart of outbreak

January 15, 2014

CHICAGO — The largest outbreak of a rare but potentially deadly bacteria is being tied to equipment in a Chicago-area hospital, according to United Press International.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed 44 reported cases of infection by the bacteria carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), with 38 of those cases linked to patients at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, north of Chicago, the article stated.

According to the article, since the bacteria was discovered in 2009, there have only been 96 documented cases, with the previous largest outbreak occurring in the Denver area in 2012; 10 cases were reported.

The CDC has noted that hospital staff was following proper procedures when disinfecting the scopes that tested positive for CRE, and since then they have begun using a gas disinfecting process, which is generally used for surgical equipment, the article noted.

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