Infections from the lethal bacterium Clostridium difficile are becoming more common and the spread is directly related to antibiotic use. The
bacterium resides in the colon and is resistant to antibiotics used against other bacteria. When these other bacteria are killed the lethal
"C-diff" bacteria can then multiply enough to cause serious diarrhea and death. In one eighteen month period, "C-diff" caused some one hundred
deaths in one Canadian hospital
A deadly bacterial illness commonly seen in people on antibiotics appears to be growing more common _ even in patients not taking such drugs,
according to a report published Thursday in a federal health journal.
"I don't want to scare people away from using antibiotics. ... But it's concerning, and we need to respond," said Dr. L. Clifford McDonald, an
author of both articles and an epidemiologist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Hospitals need to be conducting surveillance and implementing control measures. And all of us need to realize the risk of antibiotic use may be
increasing" as the bacteria continue to mutate, McDonald said.
The bacterium is Clostridium difficile, also known as C-diff. The germ is becoming a regular menace in hospitals and nursing homes, and last year it
was blamed for 100 deaths over 18 months at a hospital in Quebec, Canada.
"What exactly has made C-diff act up right now, we don't know," McDonald said.
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The concerns over antibiotic abuse have been an ongoing topic of discussion for decades now. In Mexico, for example, the wide availability of
antibiotics has alarmed epidemiologists and prompted calls for better controls. The fact that this bacterium can kill when antibiotics are
administered to control other bacterial infections is even more alarming, putting physicians and patients alike "between a rock and a hard place."
Fortunately, trials are underway for a new drug that will be effective against "C-diff."
Could it be because of the special anti-bacterial soap that has been approved for use in hospitals and workplaces? Perhaps this soap reduced the
individuals' immunity to decrease ? Or the bacteria becomes resistant to the soap? and becomes better adapted? Just a theory.....
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