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Hospital confirms C. diff outbreak

October 2, 2012

SIMCOE, ON — Norfolk General Hospital has begun to eradicate an outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) that is plaguing the hospital, according to the Brantford Expositor.

Since September 1, the hospital has had five confirmed cases of the superbug, the article stated.

Are C. diff rates really dropping?

c. diffAccording to the article, the hospital is asking visitors to take extra precautions, including abiding by standard infection control measures and registering with a nurse before visiting any patient in isolation.

"Hospital staff is working diligently to bring this under control," Mark Jefferson, director of infection control, said Monday in a news release.

U.S. sees "historic high" in C. diff cases

"Control measures include isolation of all patients with C. diff and increased cleaning. The hospital will also use a strengthened disinfectant in all C. diff patient rooms," Jefferson.

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