Suit filed against scope maker in superbug infection

Feb 26, 2015 11:21 AM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A patient has sued the maker of a medical scope linked to the outbreak of a superbug at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

The Los Angeles Times reports attorney Pete Kaufman filed suit Monday on behalf of 18-year-old Aaron Young, who remains hospitalized after becoming infected.

The Los Angeles County Superior Court lawsuit claims negligence and fraud by Olympus Corp. of the Americas. The company makes the difficult-to-clean duodenoscope involved in the outbreak of the deadly and antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as CRE.

The hospital has said seven patients were infected with CRE after being examined with the scopes, and infections contributed to deaths of two of those patients. As many as 179 other patients may also have been exposed.

An email seeking comment was sent to Olympus early Thursday.

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