Nasty stomach bug much more common than thought in US | UTSanDiego.com

February 26, 2015 12:20 AM

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This medical illustration made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a Clostridium difficile bacterium. The intestinal bug sickens nearly twice as many Americans each year as was previously thought, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. The germ — Clostridium difficile, or C-diff — flourishes in the gut after antibiotics kill off other bacteria and causes diarrhea. It can be severe and is blamed for about 15,000 deaths annually — mainly in the elderly. (AP Photo/Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Lois S. Wiggs, Janice Carr)

ATLANTA (AP) — A nasty intestinal bug sickens nearly twice as many Americans each year as was previously thought, according to the largest U.S. study to look at the problem.

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