WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report on the increased incidences of clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections in hospitals and other healthcare settings, according to the Washington Post.
The report finds that "the incidence, deaths and excess healthcare costs resulting from C. diff infections in hospitalized patients are all at historic highs," the article stated.
According to the article, during the 2006-2007 year, the number of deaths from C. diff rose to 14,000 a year, up from 3,000 a year during the 1999-2000 period.
The report concludes that the increase was due, in large part, to the emergence of a highly virulent, drug-resistant strain of C. diff bacteria, the article noted.
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