Huntington Memorial Hospital Investigating Bacterial Infections Tied to Scopes

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A Pasadena hospital is investigating a suspected outbreak related to the same type of medical scope tied to superbug infections across the country, the Los Angeles Times has learned.

Huntington Memorial Hospital said Wednesday it has alerted health authorities about a potential link between patients who have the bacteria known as pseudomonas and the Olympus Corp. duodenoscopes used to treat them.

Deadly bacteria can become trapped inside the reusable devices and get passed on to future patients.

The hospital said it has notified patients who may have been affected. Huntington Memorial didn't immediately disclose the number of patients involved or when the suspected infections may have occurred.

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