At least 300 pa­tients have ac­quired life-threat­en­ing in­fec­tions linked to con­tam­i­nated med­i­cal scopes

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— more than pre­vi­ously es­ti­mated by fed­eral reg­u­la­tors. Be­tween 2010 and 2015, more than 41 hos­pi­tals world­wide, most of them in the U.S., re­ported bacterial in­fec­tions linked to the scopes, likely af­fect­ing a to­tal of 300 to 350 pa­tients, ac­cord­ing to a memo from Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.). Last year, the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­ported 142 pa­tient in­fec­tions from med­i­cal scopes made by Olym­pus Corp. and other com­pa­nies. Lieu’s of­fice ob­tained the up­dated fig­ures from the FDA as part of an on­go­ing probe into “su­per­bug” in­fec­tions tied to the de­vices. The FDA came un­der fire early last year af­ter sev­eral out­breaks at hos­pi­tals in Los An­ge­les and Seat­tle were linked to the scopes.

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