Friday, February 9, 2007

Intestinal bug jumps from hosptial setting

USA TODAY October 15, 2006

By Anita Manning, USA TODAY

An ugly bug that causes diarrhea and colitis is being found more often and in different settings than previously known, posing new challenges for doctors, researchers report.

Scientists in Toronto at a meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, which ended Sunday, presented studies on Clostridium difficile, an intestinal infection that generally becomes a problem in people who are hospitalized and on antibiotics. New data suggest it is now infecting healthy people.

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Colette's comment: The article also mentions that doctors should have heightened awareness about this disease spreading to pregnant women and women giving birth.

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