The other scary thing is just evolution itself. It seems inevitable that every time you come up with a new antibiotic, it's not going to work for very long because the bugs will just evolve resistance to whatever it is after a few decades.
Scopes Faulted for Hospital 'Superbug' Outbreak Were New, Cleaned Properly, Officials Say
A California hospital apologized today to patients who became infected with an antibiotic-resistant bug, and said it has identified the source of the infections: two contaminated endoscopes that were cleaned according to manufacturer instructions but retained the bug anyway.
Seven people have become infected with the drug-resistant "superbug" known as CRE at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after undergoing endoscopy procedures, and CRE may have played a role in two of its patients' deaths, the hospital said Wednesday afternoon, adding that 179 people were exposed to the germ.
The scopes were new and had only been in use since June, said Dr. Zachary Rubin, medical director of clinical epidemiology and infection prevention at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
"There are several manufacturers for these scopes," said Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, deputy chief of the acute communicable disease control program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. "Because of the complexity of these scopes, which is necessary for the life-saving procedures for these scopes, they are very, very difficult to clean. The manufacturer recommendations were followed by UCLA."
I guess you have to take that with a grain of salt though. The hospital may want to shift the blame to the manufacturer because somebody is going to be liable for this. But the more parts and gadgets they cram into these things, the more nooks and crannies there are for bugs to hide in. Modern endoscopes are a pretty amazing new technology though.