Study: Clostridium Difficile Infection Prevalence Increased 400% Since 2000

One state is in a losing battle to eliminate Clostridium difficile ("C. Diff"), a gastrointestinal bacteria that most often strikes people who are both taking antibiotics and receiving medical treatment. C-Diff  is linked to 14,000 deaths each year nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A new study has found that the highest death rates from C. Diff are in the Northeast. Since 2006, when a more fatal strain of the bug was brought to the US from Canada, infection and death rates from C. Diff. have reached historic highs. Deaths related to the infection jumped 400 percent between 2000 and 2007, according to the CDC. It is believed to be causing more deaths now than MRSA or staph infections.

The germ, traditionally associated with hospitals, has had a growing prevalence in nursing home patients or people recently treated in doctors’ offices and clinics. According to the CDC, only 25% of cases can be linked to hospital admissions. 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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