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Survey: Hospitals fail to take simple measures to thwart deadly infections

from Yahoo News

Few people check into a hospital expecting to come down with a severe case of diarrhea while undergoing care for an entirely unrelated problem. And even fewer expect to die of the hospital-acquired intestinal infection that causes the watery stools. Yet for approximately 14,000 Americans each year, that is exactly what happens. The culprit is a strain of a spore-forming bacterium known as Clostridium difficile, or C. diff — in particular, a relatively recent strain that has grown more virulent and resistant to drugs. more


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