C.difficile in the US, February 2015
Clostridium difficile bacteria are very hard to fight for two reasons. One, they release a toxin that, once in the body, cannot be cleared up by drugs. Second, they release spores that are not killed by hand sanitizer or antibiotics and that can lurk in hospital nooks and crannies, or inside the body.
Worse, there’s a new strain that emerged in 2000 and that causes 30 percent of cases. “It is more easily transmitted than other strains,” said the CDC’s Dr. Cliff McDonald, who worked on the study. “It also does seem to cause more severe disease.”
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- Posted by Pam
- On March 12, 2015