Lawmaker questions maker of scopes tied to 'superbug' issues

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal lawmaker is seeking details from the manufacturer of medical scopes that have been linked to several "superbug" bacteria outbreaks at U.S. hospitals, increasing pressure on the company.

U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., wants to know when Olympus Corp. first learned of the problems and about its plans to redesign and replace the specialized medical scopes, according a letter sent Monday.

The company's specialized endoscopes were linked to infections of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in 11 patients — two of whom died — at two separate Los Angeles hospitals last month. Hospital staff said the infections occurred despite following Olympus' instructions for cleaning the devices, known as duodendoscopes.