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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal government figures show a steep spike in U.S. cases of a common but serious infection that gives hospital patients sometimes deadly diarrhea and blood poisoning.

They show a 200 percent increase in the number of hospital patients infected with Clostridium difficile, or C. difficile, from 2000 to 2005.The most commonly used antibiotic for C. difficile is metronidazole, but some severe and antibiotic-resistant forms must be treated with vancomycin.image

Like other bacteria, C. difficile can also acquire resistance to vancomycin, making treatment difficult or impossible.

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality tracked more than 2 million cases of C. difficile in U.S. hospitals between 1993 and 2005. Its figures show the latest jump follows a 74 percent rise in the number of cases from 1993 to 2000.  People carry C. difficile on their hands, like other bacteria, and spread it when they touch objects, including hospital beds, equipment and doors. It forms spores that are not killed by alcohol hand sanitizers but can be destroyed with bleach.

Hospital incidence of one disease soars: study | U.S. | Reuters


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