Gut Superbug


ATLANTA (AP) -- Federal health officials, citing a new study, say
a dangerous intestinal superbug has been growing by more than
10,000 cases a year.
The new study said the germ, resistant to some antibiotics, has
become a regular menace in hospitals and nursing homes.
Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control found it played a role
in nearly 300,000 hospitalizations in 2005, more than double the
number in 2000.
The infection, Clostridium difficile, sometimes called C-diff is
found in the colon and can cause diarrhea and a more serious
intestinal condition known as colitis. It is spread by spores in
feces. But the spores are difficult to kill with most conventional
household cleaners or anti-bacterial soap.
This virulent strain of C-diff was rarely seen before 2000.
The research will be published in the June issue of Emerging
Infectious Diseases, a CDC publication.
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