Patients getting medical care can catch serious infections called healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). While most types of HAIs are declining, one – caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile –continues to grow. C. difficile causes diarrhea linked to 14,000 American deaths each year. Participants will discuss epidemiological studies showing that the instance of C. difficile infections in U.S. hospitals has more than doubled in the last decade as well as new strategies for antibiotic treatment of this difficult to treat infection.
- Kelly Daniels, The Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
- Alex Carignan, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
- Philip Chung, Albert Einstein Coll. of Med., Bronx, NY