Redesigned Scopes Failed to Prevent ‘Superbug’ Outbreaks

File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) — The endoscopes allegedly responsible for a wave of “superbug” outbreaks had been redesigned in recent years in the hopes of making them easier to clean and less likely to spread bacteria from patient to patient, ABC News has learned, but the modifications might have created different challenges as the scopes continue to transmit antibiotic-resistant bugs.

Patients undergoing procedures with duodenoscopes at hospitals in Los Angeles, Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Illinois have come down with antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections over the last two years, according to local health authorities and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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