Clostridium difficile Infections Rise Dramatically in Children
The IAQ Video Network recently produced an educational video about C. diff to help educate the public about this microbial pathogen.
Phoenix, AZ, June 21st, 2012 -- Researchers at the Mayo Clinic recently discovered that the incidence of Clostridium difficile (also known as C. diff, CDI and C. difficile) infections in children has risen dramatically in recent years. They found that infections rates between 2004 and 2009 were 12 times higher than the rates recorded between 1991 and 1997.
C. diff is a bacterium that is found in the environment and infections may develop due to the prolonged use of antibiotics during healthcare treatment. C. diff infections cause diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis. It is a major culprit for healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and has been increasingly identified as a community acquired infection.
C. diff is a spore-forming, gram-positive anaerobic bacillus that produces two exotoxins: toxin A and toxin B. It is a common cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) and accounts for 15-25% of all episodes of AAD.
“The latest infection figures are eye opening for infection control professionals,” reported Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates and the IAQ Video Network. “Environmental testing can help identify when microbial contaminants, such as C. diff, are in healthcare, community or indoor environments to help stop the spread of this and other dangerous pathogens and prevent outbreaks. In 2011, we developed a public outreach video to inform people about this microbial pathogen. We hope this video continues to educate people about this microorganism and ways people can protect their health,” he continued.
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