Dangerous bacteria outbreak at Park Ridge hospital

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A disturbing health report at a north suburban hospital. The largest outbreak of a dangerous superbug bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics — has been linked to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, according to a Sun-Times report.

44 cases of the dangerous strain of bacteria, called carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, or C-R-E, was discovered in Illinois by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 38 confirmed cases involved patients at Advocate Lutheran General. All of the patients had an endoscopic procedure of the pancreas or bile ducts last year.

The hospital changed its sterilization procedures after the investigation, according to a published report.

There were only 96 cases reported in the country since it was first reported in 2009. The most common infection the bacteria causes is a urinary tract infection.  In very extreme cases it can cause death.

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