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CDC: Nearly 500,000 C. difficile infections in US in 2011

February 26, 2015

Nearly half a million Clostridium difficile infections occurred in the United States in 2011, of which 83,000 recurred at least once and 29,000 were associated with death within 30 days of first diagnosis, according to new study data released by the CDC.

This study “gives us a better picture of where C. difficile infections are happening,” Michael Bell, MD, deputy director of CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, said during a media briefing. “In both nursing homes and hospitals, we’re seeing similar numbers of infections — about 100,000 infections each. Although people receiving care in hospitals made up two-thirds of all infections, two-thirds of those actually occurred after the patient went home. It’s essential that patients and their clinicians be aware that they need to take any diarrhea following antibiotic use very seriously.”

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