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UCLA reported Wednesday that nearly 180 patients may have been exposed to a potentially deadly "superbug" on contaminated medical instruments that infected seven patients and may have contributed to two deaths.
A total of 179 patients at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center were exposed to antibiotic-resistant carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, during endoscopic procedures between October and January, the the university said in a statement. The patients who may have been infected are being sent home-testing kits, which the university will analyze.