New Warning About CDIFF Superbug

Dr. Richard Besser discusses the CDC report saying the bug is responsible for nearly 29,000 deaths in the U.S. every year.
1:15 | 02/26/15

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that new warning about a superbug lurking in the offices of doctors and dentists. A new report from the CDC reveals it is responsible for nearly 29,000 deaths in the U.S. Every year. Dr. Richard Besser here with more and, rich, the bug is called c-diff. What do we know about where it comes from and what we can do about it. The most common infection picked up in hospitals and the thing about this infection is you can pick it up and it causes no problems then you take an antibiotic and it takes over and can cause severe infection and diarrhea and in 29,000 people it can be deadly. Talk about had link between c-diff and antibiotics. This bacteria lives in the environment and we have good bacteria that provide protection. When you take an antibiotic it kills off those bacteria and allows the dangerous germ to take over and cause these very severe infections. How do we prevent the spread? One thing they found not all are being picked up in the hospital. 0% who don't get it in the hospital have recently visited a doctor's or dentist's office and lives on surfaces. It's not killed by alcohol sanitizer. You have to use soap and water. So use that soap and water and doctors need to be careful about prescribing those drugs. Once you get it you have to be careful about taking any antibiotics at all. Very careful. Okay, rich Besser, thanks very much.

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