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tent antibiotics now, but doctors need to know when to use them.

If the infection goes so deep that it involves muscles or fibers that enclose muscles, it needs to be surgically cleaned.

Dr. Susan Gerber of Chicago's Department of Public Health said it would be a mistake to assume the infection isn't also in affluent neighborhoods. "This is an equal opportunity bacteria," she said.

To prevent staph's spread, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer, keeping cuts clean and covered with a clean bandage until healed, avoiding contact with other people's wounds and bandages and avoiding shared personal items such as towels and razors.

Official figures published in the UK sometime showed Clostridium difficile infection caused 4,000 deaths a year and was still spreading despite all attempts to curb it. Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis.

The Healthcare Commission had said it would carry out spot checks at 120 NHS trusts over the next year in its biggest ever programme of visits aimed at cutting rates of infection with MRSA and Clostridium difficile.


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