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C. diff-related deaths grow

July 05, 2011
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TORONTO — An outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) that''s been linked to the deaths of 16 patients is raising eyebrows and calling in to question the management of several of Ontario''s Niagara region hospitals, according to The Canadian Press.

The patients had been receiving treatment at three hospitals experiencing clusters of cases of the bacterial disease, including Greater Niagara General Hospital, St. Catharines General Hospital and Welland Hospital, the article stated.

According to the article, a rally will be held on Wednesday outside Greater Niagara General Hospital to give voice to the growing concerns about how the hospitals are being run.

"We believe the Niagara Health System (NHS) has been ignoring the crisis in health care for a while and I think this particular issue, the C. diff, was the thing that had our council say, ''We''ve had enough,''" said Niagara City Councilman Wayne Gates.

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