CDC puts C difficile burden at 453,000 cases, 29,000 deaths | CIDRAP

The CDC found that about two thirds of the 453,000 cases were related to a stay in a hospital or nursing home and the other third were community-associated cases, involving people with no recent hospital or nursing home exposure. Most of those who died were elderly.

“Eighty percent of deaths from C difficile infections happened in people 65 and older,” said Michael Bell, MD, deputy director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion in the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, at a press conference today.

“One of nine patients over 65 with C difficile dies within 30 days of diagnosis,” he added. “That’s a frightening statistic.”

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2 thoughts on “CDC puts C difficile burden at 453,000 cases, 29,000 deaths | CIDRAP”

  1. Yes….same here in UK…seen it and it ain’t pretty.It could be so different if standards were raised. Standards of ‘care’. How do you teach people to care? Used to be different. I feel sad with what I have seen…..In South Africa they call reptiles ‘Old Folk’ I thought that was spot on. I love reptiles.

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