Another non-epidemic .. epidemic ? 29 K die mostly Seniors


Dangerous infections now spreading outside hospitals

Life-threatening infections caused by bacteria called Clostridium difficile now sicken nearly half a million Americans a year, health officials said Wednesday.

The number of these infections — which can cause “deadly diarrhea” and damage to the colon — doubled between 2000 and 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2011, about 29,000 patients with the bacteria, also known as C. difficile or C. diff, died within a month of becoming sick, according to a CDC study published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. One out of three of these infections occurs in people 65 and older. People 65 and older also account for most deaths.

“C. difficile infections cause immense suffering and death for thousands of Americans each year,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement.

2 Responses

  1. My husband died from a hospital acquired infection, not C Diff, not Mersa. It was enterococcus faecialis VRE.

  2. Almost twice the deaths from Rx OD.

    Where is the outrage?
    Let’s string up that C Diff feller.

    He baaad!
    We gotta outaw powerful lifesaving antibiotics that lead to C Diff.
    Regulate Doctors and Hispitals who are responsible for these outrageous events!!!!!

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