I’m Miranda Savioli with today’s health news.
The CDC is warning patients and hospitals about a deadly germ called Clostridium difficile,
or C. diff. Each year, the number of C. diff cases increases and it has become one of the
most common microbial causes of infection in US hospitals. This germ flourishes in the
gut after antibiotics kill off other bacteria. And it’s something CDC officials said can
be prevented: studies found that up to half of antibiotics prescribed may be unnecessary. The CDC has begun a five-year strategy to
combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These efforts, officials said, hold the potential
to cut C. diff infections in half.