Half a million C. diff infections and 15,000 deaths in 1 year Medical News Today

February 26, 2015 4:29 PM

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the findings, which are published in The New England Journal of Medicine, emphasize how improvements in antibiotic use and infection control in health care settings are critical for tackling C. diff infection.

C. diff is a bacterium that causes colitis - inflammation of the colon. Infection can occur through touching surfaces or items that are contaminated with feces, in which C. diff is shed.

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