New Infection on the Rise in Hospitals

ATLANTA (AP) - A new study finds that as one superbug seems to
be fading as a threat in hospitals, another is on the rise.

A study of 28 hospitals in the Southeast found that a dangerous,
drug-resistant staph infection called MRSA is often seen as the
biggest germ threat to patients in hospitals and other health care
facilities. But infections from Clostridium difficile - known as
C-diff - are surpassing MRSA infections.

The rate of hospital-acquired C-diff infections was 25 percent
higher than MRSA infections.

C-diff is resistant to some antibiotics. It's found in the colon
and can cause diarrhea and a more serious intestinal condition
known as colitis.

Deaths from C-diff traditionally were rare, but a more dangerous
form has emerged in the past ten years.

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