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Olympus to recall and redesign medical scope linked to superbug outbreaks
The Lost Angeles Times

Olympus Corp. said it will voluntarily recall and redesign a troubled medical scope that has been linked to scores of potentially deadly patient infections around the world.

The company, which sells about 85% of the duodenoscopes used in the United States, said it will redesign an internal mechanism in the device that had been almost impossible to effectively disinfect.

A Senate report released this week said investigators had found 25 outbreaks — including two in Los Angeles — linked to the scopes. The devices were made by Olympus and two other manufacturers.

From 2012-15, investigators said, at least 141 patients in nine U.S. cities were infected.

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