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Antibiotics, not poor hygiene, main cause of C. difficile outbreak

from HealthDay News

Reducing the use of fluoroquinolones has curbed an outbreak of Clostridium difficile that began in 2006 in England, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Emergency measures — such as "deep cleaning" and careful antibiotic prescribing — were introduced [after the outbreak began] and numbers of C. difficile infections gradually fell by 80 percent, but no one was sure precisely why. The researchers analyzed hospital data related to the outbreak and found that, among the outbreak, the smaller number of cases of diarrhea caused by C. difficile infections that were not resistant to fluoroquinolone antibiotics stayed the same. more

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