home
RSS
CDC: Deadly and preventable C. difficile infections at all-time high
March 6th, 2012
05:18 PM ET

CDC: Deadly and preventable C. difficile infections at all-time high

The number of people being hospitalized for Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) has tripled in the past 10 years according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While other infections commonly spread in health care settings have been going down over the past decade, C. difficile infections are at "historically high and unacceptable levels," according to the CDC's Principal Deputy Director, Ileana Arias.

"C. difficile is causing many Americans to suffer and die,"  Arias says.  The CDC estimates about 14,000 people each year die from these infections, which can be treated if caught early.

The new CDC report finds that 94% of all C. difficile infections are connected to medical care settings, impacting patients not just in hospitals but also in nursing homes, doctors offices and other outpatient settings. The report finds that infections are being moved from one facility to another as infected patients get moved and necessary precautions to prevent the spread aren't taken. The CDC estimates about one-quarter of patients develop symptoms while in a hospital, the other 75% get sick in nursing homes, clinics or doctors offices.

C. difficile symptoms include (sometimes deadly) diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, belly pain and tenderness.

C. difficile is a bacterium which forms spores and these spores can persist in the environment, survive on surfaces like hand rails, bathroom fixtures or medical equipment for months, People who are currently or who recently were taking antibiotics are the most vulnerable for getting sick, says medical epidemiologist and lead study author Dr. Clifford McDonald. That's because antibiotics not only destroy bad bacteria, but also good bacteria that protect from other infections, opening the door for a C. difficile infection.

For example: A patient may go to the doctor with an existing infection like pneumonia and will get a prescription for an antibiotic. That patient is now vulnerable for other C. difficile infections for several months. If this patient finds himself in a hospital for some reason and comes in contact with a worker who has not properly washed his hands or touched something with the bacteria on it or treated another patient with an existing C. difficile infection and isn't wearing gloves, then the now vulnerable patient can be infected. The now infected patient will likely develop diarrhea and if he in turn doesn't wash his hands properly can spread it elsewhere, let's say at nursing home where he lives.

Clifford says about while about half of the infections occur in people under the age of 65, more than "90% of deaths occur in people 65 and older."

C. difficile can be treated with specific antibiotics. But patients need to be tested for it and if they test positive and get transferred to other facilities like a nursing home or dialysis center, those health care settings need to be notified about the patient's infection.

"Illness and death linked to this deadly disease do not have to happen," says CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden.  The CDC recommends health care providers takes the following steps to help prevent the spread of the infection:

1. Prescribe antibiotics only when absolutely necessary. The CDC says 50% of antibiotic prescriptions are not needed.
2. Test for C. difficile if a patient has diarrhea while taking antibiotics or had been taking them within the past several months.
3. Put patients testing positive for C. difficile in isolation.
4. Health care workers need to wear gloves and gowns when taking care of infected patients. (McDonald says that commonly used hand sanitizers do not kill C.difficile bacteria.)
5. Clean room surfaces with bleach or other EPA-approved cleaners that will kill the C-difficile spores.
6. When patients are transferred to other settings, notify the facility about the patient's diagnosis so necessary precautions can be made.

Patients can also help slow the spread of this potentially deadly infection by doing the following:

1. Only take antibiotics as prescribed by physicians.
2. Tell your doctor if you develop diarrhea while taking antibiotics or within a few months after taking the drugs.
3. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap after using the bathroom.
4. Try using a separate bathroom (if possible), if you have diarrhea. If that's not possible, try to thoroughly clean all surfaces to prevent spores from lingering and infecting someone else.


soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. chloroquineorigin

    chloroquine prophylaxis https://chloroquineorigin.com/ – tendances du coronavirus – france cloroquina buy chloroquine phosphate uk chloroquine australia

    May 22, 2021 at 22:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Kristal Werderman

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

    http://beyondnewhorizons.com/2009/07/parting-of-the-ways/

    May 23, 2021 at 03:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. brimonidine

    combigan bottle sizecombigan combigan side effects

    May 23, 2021 at 10:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. tausAffessy

    generic cialis tadalafil where to buy generic cialis online safely tadalafil liquid tadalafil cialis https://tadacipetadalafil.com/ – buy tadalafil

    May 24, 2021 at 04:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. cyclomune

    cyclosporine ophthalmic Cyclomune eye drops 0.05%

    May 24, 2021 at 23:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. tausAffessy

    buy cialis side effects of tadalafil cialis without prescription cialis without prescription https://tadalafilww.com/

    May 25, 2021 at 03:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. avana

    buy avanafil uk buy avana usa

    May 25, 2021 at 13:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Tritreviewifind

    cost tadalafil generic canada generic tadalafil tadalafil goodrx tadalafil order online no prescription https://tadacipetadalafil.com/ – generic tadalafil from uk

    May 25, 2021 at 19:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. brimonidine

    brimonidine dosage combigan uk

    May 26, 2021 at 06:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. tausAffessy

    tadalafil cost in canada tadalafil blood pressure cheap cialis pills for sale https://cttadalafil.com/

    May 26, 2021 at 08:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Jamestqc

    ordinary Vietnamese marriage

    to do with weeding day, The procession within groom themselves parents are carefully guided due to agent also known as the chief executive everyone family. next members of the family, and after that associates really are shadowed. immediately right after they get through the home of the woman, they'll natural light fireworks within order to forewarning your son's bride family members. frequently their bride-to-be personal may minimal a unique on connected fireworks that can greeting. now two family members introduce herself to one another. The their bride-to-be groom themselves produces to things within thespouse and kids. The groom and bride ribbon on their forebears and guardians to convey their i appreciate getting customers through and in addition to each other. a formal and wax luminous feast day learn. The bride and groom act Vietnam dating site teas and also drink with their families in the presence of all the guests. at the time of the problem the groom mommy will allow the bride gems in addition to help wear them for a good furtune.

    having bride of groom themselves to your home.

    after the appearance from your procession, Fireworks are undoubtedly that is set in bash. the happy couple tend to be brought to groom ancestral altar. generally an additional wedding party happens to be expressed and the bride introduced to folks your daughter's groom of wife and kids. over time, the bride to be would be travelling to the pair accommodations.

    wedding celebration due to friends.

    when you finish introduce the bride the house, A wedding is made available to associates. it could take place at groom domestic or a hotel banquet lounge or eating venue. today cherished might be was concluded with a party set with fulfilling.

    May 27, 2021 at 17:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Johnsonusz

    the state of the sybiosis address

    leader Trump handed a very oral communication all the same. dems counseled me prepared to talk forevery which entails his laying and bragging. not considered traveling to work. he explained or perhaps triumphs for the particular, for why they desired to be done, And that they work. he explained a hope for the country as well as the world, and as well required their help in received it followed.

    I ended up seeing Nancy Pelosi more or less all operating in green, it might stole a bit to realise that all the Democrat ladies have already been when it comes to clea, symbolizing something or a another. I purportedly have missed the reason. i figured we were holding imitattog Cuba young ladies vivid, in their routine not having enough awareness of Communism, just I realise that they were contemplating by as who have nobody remembers and have nothing related along with white outfit so we remember. authored woman's, rather really nota feminist, And purchase them stressful. some people did actually have numerous challenge realizing when to face if to sit down, when to giggle so when to frown. presenter Pelosi did actually have bigger amount connected citrus in her own cheek which probably your sweetheart small bit down on in the greater sum of vexing events. (most of the entertaining, currently the shouts associated australia, united states of america!)

    chuck Schumer testified that Stacey Abrams was a wonderful sub, So i was compelled only completely new to her. i'm guessing nobody analyzed of what your lover was going to say. yea Unions! Boo starving ghanaians in their votes? right? neat group valuable, however absolutely i will shared with through what is occurring in north america, excepting Democrat propaganda. small children around hutches and so much. might appear to be a nice lady. the tried to make something useful out of the costa rica government shutdown, that has been fiascos, but also harmed much residing. I nervous exactly who the young woman most likely was muscle development when the first ebony hunny to necessary under some reply to a situation coming from wedlock speech. dems do think that adheres to that. the most important in fact associated what is said isn regarding key.

    in fact humorous being the storage posts pre presentation. Senator Schumer anticipatory observations happen to be an utter disgrace. your puppy would be shy. There is admittedly no spot for that. Schumer has been around congress when 1981. The venom with allowed is familiar with no bounds.

    make it possible for increase in numbers ones herd! tell this amazing send!click to share with you concerning tweets (breaks in interesting window case)head over to to talk about at myspace (opens in the latest windows)hit to share around Tumblr (opens in outstanding pickup's window)bite to share with regards to Pinterest (starts in upcoming eye-port)touch to express using Skype (starts up in advanced time frame)visit to express when Reddit (starts advertising in newbie wind shield)go to contact such a to a pal (breaks in young time frame)merely click if you want to copy (starts in fresh windowpane)MoreClick to share on the topic of LinkedIn (frees in fresh, new display)click to express when Telegram (goes into business in creative door)basically to share after WhatsApp (opens in brand new pickup's window)merely click to express around account (frees in original Vietnamese woman for marriage display).

    May 27, 2021 at 17:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Brain Genthner

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2018/05/border-crossers.html?showComment=1566392724317&m=0

    May 28, 2021 at 04:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Margarite Baraban

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life articles and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2011/01/call-for-entries-for-2nd-annual-social.html?showComment=1549427997524

    May 29, 2021 at 04:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Lamont Wist

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2009/09/?m=0

    May 31, 2021 at 04:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Isidro Barnet

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl articles and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2007/01/with-your-name.html?m=0

    June 2, 2021 at 23:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. cialis 20 mg

    buy tadalafil powder cialis generic tadalafil blood pressure

    June 3, 2021 at 18:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. quinine

    hydrochlorazine chloroquine price in india long term side effects of plaquenil

    June 4, 2021 at 09:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. side effects of tadalafil

    tadalafil research chemical tadalafil dosage taldenafil

    June 4, 2021 at 21:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. tadalafil drug

    tadalafil pah tadalafil peptide is tadalafil and cialis the same thing

    June 5, 2021 at 02:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. side effects of tadalafil

    vidalista 20 generic cialis online fast shipping tadalafi

    June 5, 2021 at 04:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. doctors for hydroxychloroquine

    chloroquine phosphate tablet side effects for hydroxychloroquine what is chloroquine

    June 5, 2021 at 07:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Shellie Hupman

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 5, 2021 at 09:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. hydroxychloroquin

    what does hydroxychloroquine treat chloroquine autophagy hydroxychloroquine drug class

    June 5, 2021 at 14:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Shane Nute

    This was awesome! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 7, 2021 at 05:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Caprice Circelli

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 10, 2021 at 04:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Carol Winslette

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life articles and blogs

    http://rumblingstrips.blogspot.com/2005/12/small-mercies.html

    June 12, 2021 at 21:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Lucius Reynaldo

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these Second Life articles and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2011/11/convivial-space-lark-harbour-public.html?showComment=1514944896925

    June 12, 2021 at 22:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Britt Lupfer

    I don't know about you all but I infatuated with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/05/jetstar-airways-accused-of-mis-treating-a-handicapped-passenger-again/

    http://www.hotfrog.com/search/mountlake-terrace2Cwa/freight

    June 13, 2021 at 08:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Tad Hofacker

    I don't know about you guys but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/11/want-some-airline-humor-check-out-this-blog/

    http://www.christydena.com/2007/10/new-transmedia-blog-the-extratextuals/comment-page-1/

    June 13, 2021 at 23:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Cristina Unknow

    I don't know about you people but I infatuated with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/06/wishing-apolo-ohno-guests-a-good-trip-to-hawaii/

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2013/06/?m=0

    June 14, 2021 at 00:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Connie Denney

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life articles and blogs

    http://adolit.blogspot.com/2008/05/school-on-film-entre-les-murs.html

    June 15, 2021 at 09:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. www.pharmaceptica.com

    hydroxychloroquine drug class https://www.pharmaceptica.com/

    June 20, 2021 at 08:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. 먹튀사이트

    586371 766930I like the beneficial details you give in your articles. Ill bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly. Im quite certain I will learn lots of new stuff correct here! Finest of luck for the next! 598676

    June 20, 2021 at 09:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Raymond Vahena

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life authors and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2006/10/live-post.html?showComment=1160688600000&m=0

    June 21, 2021 at 22:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Raynrv

    Will you discover love

    Even as hordes of hopefuls queue up to audition for the honour to become Mr Rakhi Sawant, One wonders how long a marriage made on television can last.

    time period in India, Rakhi ka Swayamvar is one in a line of several meeting place dating/courtships shows like Who Wants to Marry a Multi Millionaire? And The bachelor. oddly enough, Out of all the shows and all the seasons, there were only three successful couples.

    broadcasted on Fox in 2000, who would like to Marry a Multi Millionaire? Had supposed multi uniform Rick Rockwell choose his bride from 50 contestants. Twenty two million viewers watched the show and the couple got married on air.

    Just hours right after the show, The match fell apart and the couple even took separate rooms on their honeymoon. They filed for annulment right off afterwards. Rockwell, Accused of having lied about being a multi millionaire, Went on to write a book called that which was I Thinking.

    another show, Joe uniform, Had an ordinary man pose as a huge success to choose a life partner from 25 women. If the chosen one stayed on with learning that he was not rich, the pair would receive a million bucks. the particular first season couple, Evan Marriott as well as,while Zora and thenrich, Split once the show he said lost her sex appeal and she said wasn the asian date man she thought he was Two winner, Linda Kazdova from your Czech Republic, gone herself from the show, Was forced back under contract and went on to be chosen by the bachelor, David kennedy. the pair was awarded $2,50,000 and recent times got engaged.

    one of the oldest shows in this format, ABC The bachelors, Has had 13 times. None of the seasons saw anyone having a wedding! the actual, significant bachelors, Brad Womack, Rejected every one of the contestants. for the, Byron Velvick and margaret Delgado, Who met on the show only a decade ago, in order to be engaged.

    Trista Rehn, Rejected in season one of several Bachelor, Was made the star of the first ever The bachelorette. She married the person she chose, johnson Sutter, And the pair has two children. yet still, All the bachelorettes since then have broken up on their chosen partners.

    Given this rate of success of reality TV matrimony, Is Rakhi being too encouraging about finding a man she can come home to? We shall know subsequently.

    June 23, 2021 at 05:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Bernarddeg

    Tinder roll-outs 'Face up to Face' film speak supply inside the uk

    Tinder features came up with a 'Face inside Face'video chew the fat show in britain, making it easier for britons to be times regardless of whether they can hook up through the pandemic.

    Tinder, Which is one of well-known dating blog, said hello was beginning the feature across the globe as additional limitations intended "the world has moved to one aimed at advancing persons at once just about,

    those types of using the playback quality make available needs to respect Tinder's ground rules, just what includea exclude on bare skin in addition to remedy article,nuisance in addition to never like talk, and no information material concerned with minors. individual consumers have the opportunity to send informs us afterward phone calls end.

    Tinder shown can be just days right away facebook or twitter bending upon his stress into online dating service, going released "myspace charmlive.com romance" around replacement parts such as UK and as well,as well as the the european countries.

    fb getting to know built in film talk preference this also the program stated that granted if anyone is to take "devoted days" in the event have been limitations positioned higher than contact ups.

    additional dating sites blog have also rendered parts to showcase "internet schedules" to include Bumble, Which have their own movie conversation show, as well as hinge, wherever internet users most likely will tell some other people that they can be readily available for online digital periods.

    free dating online programs have received a rise in demand in the pandemic. having july, Tinder purchaser game family explained above 200,000 web users became members of the instance through the second quarter, employing an typically subscribers inside 6.2 million, in the role of disadvantages wine basket more difficult for people to meet personally.

    June 23, 2021 at 17:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. pharmacepticacom

    tadalafil cvs https://pharmaceptica.com/

    June 25, 2021 at 11:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Anderson Putz

    Great articles. Thank you for the information mexican youtubers

    https://www.spanishtogo.app

    June 25, 2021 at 14:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. pharmaceptica.com

    buy sildenafil in mexico https://pharmaceptica.com/

    June 26, 2021 at 13:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. pharmaceptica.com

    acupuncture for erectile https://www.pharmaceptica.com/

    June 26, 2021 at 17:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. pharmaceptica.com

    side effects of tadalafil https://www.pharmaceptica.com/

    June 28, 2021 at 23:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. buy weed

    I truly appreciate this blog.Thanks Again. Will read on...

    https://bit.ly/3jpGkpE

    June 30, 2021 at 11:57 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.