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Putting the Spotlight On Superbug Infection – C Difficile

Despite knowing the gory, textbook details about c. difficile— its resistance to most antibiotics… its potentially deadly consequences— the first time I met someone who was severely affected by it, I was a little shocked.  Waiting for the bus, one day, I noticed a man in a very bad mood.  Making a visible effort to control his pain, he seemed to be suffering from one of the usual ailments that affect the elderly— such as arthritis or heart disease.  After striking up a brief conversation, though, he told me about his experience with c. difficile and how a single course of antibiotics changed his life forever. His story began in the early 2000s, when he developed a c. difficile superbug infection after being treated for pneumonia.  Pointing to the colostomy bag on his hip, he told me how he needed to have the majority of his large intestine removed to survive.  Despite all this, his biggest concern was trying to prevent the same thing from happening to others.  With over 14 000 c. difficile-related deaths in the US last year, it’s likely a sentiment that many people share.  Fortunately newer technologies may be able to help to shine the light on antibiotic resistant c. difficile.

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