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Dangerous infection tied to hospitals now becoming common outside them

from MPR News

Named from the Greek kloster, for spindle, a class of bacteria known as Clostridia abounds in nature. Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, can cause diarrhea and a life-threatening infection of the intestines. The bug was associated with nearly 30,000 deaths in 2011. First seen as a problem mainly confined to hospitals and nursing homes, research suggests C. diff rates in the community are on the rise, and that traditional risk factors may no longer tell the whole story. more


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