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C. diff sickening more than previously estimated

November 11, 2008 by  

C. difficile causes diahrrea and other health problemsMore hospital patients than previously thought have been sickened by a drug-resistant bacteria, according to a new report.

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) has infected or colonized around 13 out of every 1,000 patients, according to surveys conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Previous estimates were much lower – between 6.5 and 20 times less than the new figures.

C. diff is a bacterium that can cause diarrhea and intestinal conditions. In recent years, a virulent and antibiotic-resistant strain has arisen and is growing more common.

People are at a higher risk of contracting C. diff if they are older, have a weakened immune system, have been hospitalized for long periods or have recently taken antibiotics, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The APIC study confirmed the fact that most C. diff infections are picked up in a hospital, with 72 percent confirmed to have been acquired in a healthcare setting.

"This study shows that C. difficile infection is an escalating issue in our nation’s healthcare facilities," commented lead investigator Dr. William Jarvis.

APIC has published a set of guidelines aimed at helping hospitals prevent the transmission of C. diff.

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  • Bob Livingston

    I’ve always said… hospitals and emergency rooms are fantastic for handling medical crises.  But as always, STAY AWAY unless you must be there.  If you do have to be in a hospital or medical facility, use all means available to maintain sanitary conditions and get out as soon as you can.

  • Charley41

    Could this be a bacteria caused by terror..Test tube bacteria..talked to a lady that was specialist in this area and she said we are all at risk of this kind of planted disease by terror..

  • Charley41

    Guess I think swine flu was started that way as well..

  • Anthony

    Now, all we need do is await the pandemic. Eh?

    Pending it is possible, we may start to see people preferring to recuperate at Home, with “minimal” doctor or nurse visitations, as they would be who transports the disease around the facility the most.

    Hospitals are already famous for the spread of Apartame in the food they bring to patients rooms. Why would we be shocked at anyting else – contrived on purpose.


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