Study finds increase in C. diff cases in U.S. hospitals

08/24/2010 | Washington Post, The

Clostridium difficile cases outnumber that of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus by 25% in 28 community hospitals in four southern states, a new study showed. The finding could mean that other hospitals across the U.S. are facing a similar situation, a researcher said. Experts said reasons for this increase include improper use of antibiotics and the widespread use of hand cleansers, which do not kill C. diff, in lieu of soap and water.

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