news article, statistics about c.diff infections (scary)

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   Posted 5/2/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
It's been plastered all over the news today, but just in case nobody else has read that article or seen it on their news channel, it's definitely something to read.  I knew c.diff was highly transmissible and hard to kill with cleaning, but I didn't know it was that transmissible and that hard to kill on surfaces.  Now apparently a superbad strain of it is making the rounds much more frequently as well.
skull   Makes me wanna get one of those CDC spaceman suits   skull

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   Posted 5/3/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
This infection is so very scary for us crohn's patients.  The virulent form they are talking about seems to be all over and very difficult to get rid of.  I think all we can do is educate ourselves, insist on doctors and health care professionals washing their hands.  I noticed when I was in the hospital  that most don't wash and rely on purell dispenser.  C.diff is NOT killed with Purell or hand sanitizers and I thought I read that it helps the bug spread.  Hand washing with hot, sudsy water while rubbing hands together for a long duration (sing happy birthday song twice) is our only protection. 
Hoping none of us will ever get this form.

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   Posted 5/3/2008 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Another reason to stay out of the hospital whenever we can possibly help it!
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