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Endoscopy has to be one of the most unpleasant procedures in medicine today and it is possible many people shun this intrusive and painful examination but given this new development it puts this type of test under a new light. Attributing the failure of infected endoscopes to be cleaned properly as a possible design flaw, the CDC thinks the NDM might be giving rise to a new superbug, given the level of immunity it gives to bacteria which, could kill 50% of the people who may be unfortunate enough to get it in their bloodstream.
According to the CDC “Healthy people usually do not get CRE infections. In healthcare settings, CRE infections most commonly occur among patients who are receiving treatment for other conditions. Patients whose care requires devices like ventilators (breathing machines), urinary (bladder) catheters, or intravenous (vein) catheters, and patients who are taking long courses of certain antibiotics are most at risk for CRE infections.”