C. difficile Stories
- One in every 25 patients develops an infection while staying in a hospital and 1 in 7 of these infections are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
- The CDC estimates a coordinated national effort might prevent 619,000 antibiotic-resistant infections while saving 37,000 lives over five years.
- Scientists at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham, England, use an unappetizing though effective cure for patients sick with Clostridium difficile: a feces transplant.
- For those who suffer from infection brought on by C. difficile, and who can't tolerate other methods of fecal transplant, newly developed "poop pills" have been just as effective.
- A new study finds annual costs for five major hospital-acquired infections to total $9.8 billion in the United States.
- Scientists have created synthetic "poop" to cure nasty gastrointestinal infections commonly caused by a toxin-producing bacteria Clostridium difficile.