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New superbug surpasses MRSA infection rates in community hospitals
Date:3/22/2010

due to MRSA.

Miller presented her findings at the Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections on March 20 in Atlanta, GA.

"C. difficile is very common and deserves more attention," she said. "Most people continue to think of MRSA as the big, bad superbug. Based on our data, we can see that this thinking, along with prevention methods, will need to change."

In the past, hospitals were focused on MRSA and developed their prevention methods on MRSA as the issue, Sexton said.

"I have always thought that we need to be looking more globally at all the problems and this new information about C. difficile provides more data to support that," he said.

C. difficile has been a low priority for hospitals, but now it is relatively important priority, Sexton said.

"The key is to develop prevention methods aimed at C. difficile while still maintaining the success we have had with MRSA," Miller said.


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Contact: Erin Pratt
erin.pratt@duke.edu
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Duke University Medical Center
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