Dangerous C. Difficile Germ Infects 500,000 Americans a Year: CDC

February 25, 2015 10:00 PM

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost half a million Americans were infected with the bacteria Clostridium difficile in 2011, and 29,000 died within a month of diagnosis, U.S. health officials report.

"Infections with C. difficile have become increasingly common over the last few decades, and are seen in patients in health-care facilities as well as people in their communities," Dr. Michael Bell said at a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press conference Wednesday.

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