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Scopes linked to UCLA superbug raised concerns in Europe, report says

Ronald Reagan UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) Medical Center is seen on Oct. 9, 2008 in Los Angeles.
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Ronald Reagan UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) Medical Center is seen on Oct. 9, 2008 in Los Angeles.

The scopes that spread a superbug at UCLA last winter had previously led to outbreaks in Holland and Germany and raised concerns at European regulators, according to a doctors' report in the medical journal Endoscopy.

That outbreak at Ronald Reagan Medical Center led to multiple deaths and exposed dozens of patients to the deadly bacteria. But information about the faulty scopes, manufactured by Olympus Corporation, was unknown to American regulators. 

According to a story in the Los Angeles Times:

The outbreak at UCLA has led to lawsuits against the maker of the device, known as the Q180V Duodenoscope. For more background, you can read KPCC's FAQ on the superbug.