CDC warns C-diff super-bug infections increasing

February 9, 2011 ATLANTA – According to the Centers for Disease Control, C-Diff kills thousands of people every year and that number is growing. “It’s between three and six-fold more common than it was just ten years ago,” explained Dr. Rocco Riccardi of Lahey Clinic. Antibiotics are the standard treatment, but that doesn’t always work. “In that situation, one can get very, very sick and have to have their colon removed,” Riccardi said. Both Dr. Riccardi and the CDC blame a new strain of the bacteria for the increased cases of the bug. “This epidemic strain is much more aggressive and it produces more toxins or stronger toxins and it’s harder to treat,” Riccardi said. C-diff is highly contagious and is spread through contaminated stool, usually by health care workers who don’t wash properly. What makes this bug particularly tricky is those alcohol-based hand sanitizers often used in hospitals don’t work on C-Diff. Doctors and nurses need to wash with soap and water before and after they visit a patient’s room. The microscopic spores can also survive for weeks on hard surfaces like a counter, a phone or a handrail. –CBS Boston
I discuss the threats facing the human race from Clostridium Difficile, H5N1, and other deadly ‘super-bugs’ in Chapter 15: The Sinster Shadow of Pestilence in my book.
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