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The U.S. government is close to finalizing instructions to prevent medical devices responsible for transmitting “superbugs” from spreading the potentially fatal pathogens between patients, the scientist leading the effort said.

The new protocol for the reusable devices, called duodenoscopes, is being developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose disease detectives have investigated duodenoscope-transmitted infections since 2013.

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