“Superbugs”, infections – ongoing issue

The Vital Signs report also examines the role of Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), the most common type of bacteria responsible for infections in hospitals.C. difficile caused almost half a million infections in the United States in 2011 alone. CDC’s annual progress report shows that progress has been made in decreasing hospital-onset C. difficile infections by 8 percent between 2011 and 2014.

Infections once found only in healthcare settings are now showing up in community settings, creating an urgent need to broaden efforts for public safety.


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