PRLog - Aug. 27, 2012 - PEORIA, Ariz. -- Earlier this month, USA Today published an article entitled, “Far more could be done to stop the deadly bacteria C. diff”. The article, about this pathogenic type of bacteria officially known as Clostridium difficile, discussed the cost to human health that this healthcare-associated infection (HAI) causes each year in the United States.
According to the article, C. diff is linked to more than 30,000 deaths annually in this country. These figures are approximately double those of previous federal estimates. If these numbers are accurate, the article states that the deaths would rival the data for the 32,000 people killed in traffic accidents each year.
C. diff is just one of many microbial organisms that cause disease in healthcare settings. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists a number or organisms associated with HAIs. They include: Acinetobacter, Burkholderia cepacia, Clostridium sordellii, Enterobacteriacae, Klebsiella, Methicillin-
SEHC recently sponsored a series of public outreach videos about healthcare-associated infections and microbial pathogens, they can be seen at:
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