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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
February 19, 2014

Endoscope Implicated in Illinois Infection Outbreak

JAMA. 2014;311(7):667. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.565

A northeastern Illinois outbreak last year of infections with Escherichia coli that produces New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM) was linked with a contaminated endoscope used to perform endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).

In a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report article, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautioned that carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections in medical facilities usually are from CRE that produce Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC). However, NDM-producing CRE may be adding to the burden.

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