Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Threat Bacteria C. Diff in America Malignant

Populations of bacteria Clostridium difficile, known as C. Diff is increasing and causing a lot of people are infected. This bacterium usually attacks the elderly, but recently, many children in America who are also suffering from a bacterial infection C. Diff.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that cases of bacterial infection due to C. Diff in children that occurred in 2004-2009 was 12 times higher than in the case between 1991-1997.

"It has been believed that patients with bacterial infections caused by C. difficile is the older patients, antibiotics drinkers, and people who work in hospitals." Said Sahil Khanna, MBBS, researchers from the Mayo Clinic Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, as reported from huffingtonpost, Thursday (5/24/2012).

C. diff has always been known as an infection experienced by older people in hospitals or in people who use antibiotics for long period of time. But recently, someone younger, healthier and do not work in a hospital can be infected with bacteria even C. Diff.

Symptoms of infection C. diff including diarrhea and abdominal cramps, but if the infection worsens, symptoms can include dehydration, fever, bloody stools and weight loss.

Research on this subject were presented at Digestive Disease Week 2012.

To avoid bacterial infection C. diff, the American Academy of Family Physicians recommends to perform the following steps:

1. Washing hands with soap and water regularly

2. Disinfection when you make contact with people with infectious C. diff

3. Wash clothes that may have been in contact with feces

4. Avoid the use of antibiotics unless recommended by a physician

5. Use disposable gloves around people who are infected with C. diff.

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