The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped a bombshell Wednesday, releasing a study that said 29,000 deaths were associated with the gut-dwelling super bug Clostridium difficile.
The new study concluded that one out of every nine patients aged 65 or older who contracted the bacterium at a medical facility died within 30 days of diagnosis. The CDC said Wednesday that preventing C. difficile “is a national priority.”
“In terms of healthcare-associated infections, it’s right there at the top.” said Cliff McDonald, a medical epidemiologist with the CDC, said. “It’s causing infection and death right now.”
C. difficile causes an inflammation of the colon and deadly diarrhea. One veteran said her infection caused her stabbing pain in her gut and two extended stays at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. She said she contracted the infection at a hospital after undergoing a preventative colonoscopy and endoscopy for ulcers.
Contaminated instruments used in colonoscopies and endoscopic procedures have been known to carrying these super germs.
The germ is usually picked up by the patient from contaminated surfaces or spread person-to-person.
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