How hospitals, nursing homes keep lethal ‘superbug’ outbreaks secret

Reuters, 22 December 2016
Authors: Deborah J. Nelson, David Rohde, Benjamin Lesser and Ryan McNeill
“Across the U.S., vague rules give healthcare providers lots of leeway in deciding when, or even whether, to report unusual clusters of infections. And when they do alert officials, that information is usually kept from the public. A patchwork of state laws and guidelines, inconsistently applied, tracks clusters of the deadly infections that the federal government 15 years ago labeled a grave threat to public health. As a result, the United States has no way to count the deadly spikes in infections that hit the nation.”
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