Hospital Declares Clostridium Difficile Outbreak

Health officials in one state have declared an outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) at a hospital's medical/palliative care unit. In just two weeks officials have confirmed five cases of the illness. An infectious disease specialist has been called in to consult with the infection prevention and control team. The specialist says the facility has put a number of measures in place to minimize the spread of the infection.

Clostridium difficile is a bacterium naturally found in the intestines of some adults. When the intestinal balance is changed due to the use of antibiotics, the C. difficile is allowed to flourish, causing toxins in the colon and severe diarrhea. The effects can be deadly when left untreated, or treated improperly. Prompt diagnosis and proper treatment are essential in ensuring recovery. For more, read the story.

 


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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