Hospital upgrades scope cleaning after outbreak

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' top doctor is pointing to an investigation of an outbreak of a "super bug" bacterial infection as evidence the state's hospitals are learning to take preventive steps quickly.

The outbreak affected dozens of patients, with some cases apparently linked to a tainted endoscope used at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. The hospital changed its sterilization procedures after the investigation to establish practices exceeding the manufacturer's recommendations.

The investigation is written up in a weekly report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck says public health experts worked with the hospital to find the source of the outbreak. He calls such cooperation vital to stopping the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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