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Seven or eight patients at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital have died in an outbreak of 107 cases of the deadly Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection over the past year.
The hospital said yesterday there are six patients in the hospital with active C. difficile now.
The infection causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis and is the most common infection in hospitals and long-term care facilities.
C. difficile has claimed some 2,000 lives in Quebec since 2003 and turns up in hospitals from Toronto to Sault Ste. Marie.
The 107 patients contracted the infection while in Jo Brant
More and more, hospitals are becoming sources of infection. Dr. William Jarvis, chief of investigation and prevention for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Hospital Infections Program, estimates that at least 80,000 patients die each year from infections they acquire after entering the hospital. That makes hospital infections the nation's fourth most common cause of death, accounting for more mortalities than car accidents and homicides combined. Jarvis believes that about 5 to 10 percent of patients -- from 1.75 million to 3.5 million people annually -- contract infections while hospitalized, a rate experts estimate has probably increased at least 50 percent in the last decade.
Grab a few handfuls of the following, all fresh: ginger, onion, horseradish, garlic, & lemon. Roughly chop them up and pack into a 1-quart canning jar, leaving a few inches at the top. Add anywhere from 1/2 to 2 teaspoons (or more if you like it really spicy!) of cayenne pepper. Cover with organic raw apple cider vinegar. Cover the top of the jar with a square of waxed paper before placing lid on, then seal. This is to stop the acid in the vinegar corroding the metal lid.
Shake well and leave on your kitchen counter, out of direct sunlight. Every time you walk by that jar, give it another shake. You may also want to talk to it, sing, recite poetry, smudge sacred herbs, dance, tell it a good joke or whatever you like to make your medicine more potent.
For two weeks, shake the jar and do your magic. At the end of two weeks, pour it through a kitchen strainer, wash your canning jar out well, and return the liquid to the jar. You may want to add, at this point, a few tablespoons glycerin (which will give it a pleasant sweetness, a nice foil for the hot, tart taste) or honey. If you add honey, you’ll need to refrigerate it, but glycerin requires no refrigeration. I strongly recommend buying some 2 ounce dropper bottles because you’ll want a bottle a your desk, in your kitchen, by your bedside, and in the car. Use liberally to boost immunity, fight infection, soothe the throat, open the sinuses, stimulate circulation and energy, and generally improve health. Add to soup or salad to spice them up and give a boost-though I usually just drop it directly into my mouth.
Originally posted by whitewave
walk right up to the nurses station and cough all over you without covering their mouths.
Can antibacterial soaps/products create ‘superbugs’ (germs that have become resistant to antibiotics)?
Yes. Antibacterial agents… potentially leave the resistant bacteria to survive and multiply and may promote the development of resistant genes, commonly referred to as ‘superbugs’
Originally posted by TheDuckster
As if it can't get any better...
I've been keeping up with this mornings local news channel and just heard of a deadly mutating cold virus in the U.S.