According to a recent survey conducted by the Washington, DC based Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), C. difficile, a life-threatening bacteria that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal problems, is closing in on MRSA as the most prevalent and troublesome hospital-acquired infection in the United States. According to the APIC survey, 13 out of every 1,000 in-patients in the United States were either infected or colonized with C. difficile and on any given day over 7,000 patients in America have C. difficile and about 300 die from it. The cost of treating C. difficile to the American healthcare system is estimated at around 17.6 to 51.5 million dollars per year.
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