Stop C. Difficile: Education and Hand Washing Saves Lives

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Clostridium difficile or “C. diff.” C. diff. killed more patients in England in 2006 than MRSA. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported a nearly twofold increase in C. diff infections from 1996 to 2003 in the U.S. The same hyper-virulent strain, dubbed ribotype 027, has invaded some hospitals in the U.S. C. diff. infections kill an estimated 5,000 people in the U.S. per year, the CDC reports.

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