Elusive Epidemic

California likely is experiencing an epidemic of hospital-acquired infections, but most cases go unreported. The CDC estimates the infections kill as many as 75,000 people in the US each year; and officials say 7,500 to 9,000 Californians likely are among those killed. 
Exact figures are elusive. California and some other states do not track statistics on hospital-acquired infections, which often include superbugs like CRKP and MRSA. Nor are California doctors required to report such infections.
Fear of malpractice lawsuits is one reason for the underreporting. Patient advocates say the state must enforce a true accounting to ensure public safety.
Los Angeles Times

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