"I am honored and humbled to receive this award from the Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation," said Dr. Gorbach. "I would like to commend the Foundation for its efforts to bring awareness to C. difficile, including the physical and emotional burdens of the disease. The tragic case of Peggy Lillis illustrates why more must be done to combat this disease, and why I have dedicated much of my career to pursuing new treatment options for C. difficile."
The Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation was created in memory of Brooklyn kindergarten teacher Peggy Lillis, who lost her life to a C. diff infection in April 2010. She only was ill for six days. The Foundation is the first national organization dedicated to reducing and eradicating Clostridium difficile infections, or CDIs, through education and advocacy.
CDIs have become a significant medical problem in hospitals, long-term care facilities and in the community. The incidence and severity of CDI has increased dramatically in the U.S. over the past decade and is continuing to rise each year, with current estimates suggesting it may affect more than 700,000 people annually, though the incidence may be higher as many cases are believed to be undiagnosed, untreated and underreported. CDI is a serious illness resulting from infection of the inner lining of the colon by C. difficile bacteria, which produce toxins that cause inflammation of the colon, severe diarrhea and, in the most serious cases, death. One of the most common symptoms of CDI is Clostridium-difficile associated diarrhea (CDAD).
Dr. Gorbach has served
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