LOS ANGELES, CA – There’s official communication coming out of California about a super bug on the loose. And it’s already killed, and has put scores of others at risk.
This isn’t something out of a Hollywood creature feature, although Ronald Reagan is part of it. But not Ronald Reagan the actor, rather the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Doctors there say two patients have died and at least 179 others may have been exposed to a drug-resistant “super bug” bacteria.
It’s Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE. The university thinks it came off of two duodenoscopes.
Health officials say the bug is difficult to treat and can be fatal in about half the cases.
Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle says 11 patients died after getting sick from contaminated endoscopes with a similar bacterial strain between 2012 and 2014.
In all, 32 patients came down sick from it.
Right now, the big bug sweeping the nation is measles. Health officials saying as many as 119 people in California are affected by a strain linked to an outbreak in the Philippines.
Researchers don’t know how it got to Disneyland from the Philippines, but they can link 39 Disneyland cases to the strain from the Philippines.
Since the outbreak started in December, the highly contagious virus has spread as far as Washington, dc, and into Mexico and Canada.
Nearly all cases involve people who have not been vaccinated, which is why health officials say everyone who can be vaccinated, should be vaccinated.