Baddest Bug: C. Diff Hits Half a Million Americans

February 25, 2015 10:05 PM

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More than 450,000 Americans get infected with the deadly bug Clostridium difficile each year, according to a new report. And almost all cases are caused by the overuse of antibiotics.

"C. difficile was responsible for almost half a million infections and was associated with approximately 29,000 deaths in 2011," the team of researchers reported Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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