A life-threatening bacterial infection is making its way through Indiana hospitals. The problem centers around a disease known as Clostridium difficile infection (CDI, or also known as C. Diff).
Dr. Mark Miller says CDI is a bacterial infection of the intestine triggered by antibiotics, and is becoming alarmingly frequent in the state.
“There is an approximately 11 per 1000 rate in Indiana hospitals,” he says, “which is considered to be higher than expected. Those kinds of rates really demand some kind of attention.”
The infection can cause diarrhea, colitis and, in some cases, death.
It has become a significant medical problem in hospitals and long-term care facilities and is estimated to afflict more than 700,000 people each year in the United States, often attacking those already on antibiotics such as the elderly. In fact, CDI is the most common hospital-acquired infection in community hospitals, surpassing the super-bug MRSA.
However, Dr. Miller says discoveries have been made in efforts to cure the disease.