March 4, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This afternoon, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles announced that four patients have been infected with a dangerous superbug and that an additional 68 people may have been exposed. This discovery comes just two weeks after it was reported that a similar superbug at UCLA killed two people and infected seven others.  Both outbreaks were caused by CRE bacteria that were transmitted by contaminated Olympus duodenoscopes. As a result, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D - CA|33) made the following statement:

"In the wake of another superbug outbreak at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, first and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with the patients and their families who have been affected.  I hope for their speedy recovery.  These continuing outbreaks demonstrate that the issue of superbugs is much larger than even first thought.  The fact that this outbreak happened at Cedars-Sinai, which is in my district and is one of the best medical facilities in the world, demonstrates how grave this issue is and how urgently it needs to be addressed. That is why I met with incoming FDA Commissioner Ostroff today to discuss ways to combat superbugs.  I was heartened by the focus and seriousness with which the incoming Commissioner is treating this issue.  I look forward to working with him and other stakeholders.  I am also calling for oversight hearings in Congress on superbugs.  I am hopeful that these hearings will take place soon."