- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hartford Hospital says it has contacted 281 patients who may have been exposed to a strain of bacteria.

Dr. Rocco Orlando, the hospital’s chief medical officer, says the strain of E. coli is responsive to antibiotics and patients are not considered to be in danger.

Orlando said Wednesday the patients received an endoscopic procedure with a model of scope that has a design flaw and has since been taken out of use. He says the patients generally were receiving treatment for complications from cancer or other illnesses.

The hospital has asked the patients in question to come in for screening. Orlando said that if they are found to have the bacteria in their colon it could affect their course of treatment should they need antibiotics.



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