CDC investigates deadly bacteria found in patients

Jozsef Papp

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a deadly bacteria found in doctor and dentist’s offices.

According to the CDC, the bacteria, clostridium difficile, can cause deadly diarrhea with infections on the rise. A report released by the CDC states that nearly half a million Americans have been infected and that 15,000 deaths can be directly related to clostridium difficile. 

“It’s the most common infection picked up in hospitals,” ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser said. “The thing about this infection is you can pick it up and it can cause no problems. Then, you take an antibiotic and it takes over.”

The CDC fears for the safety of the citizens and have started a new study to asses whether people are getting clostridium difficile in doctor’s offices, CNN reports.

Patients are recommended to wash their hands with soap and water after visiting the doctor’s office and to question your doctor whenever you’re prescribed an antibiotic.

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