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Clostridium Difficile is the Deadly Superbug you have never heard of Until Now

You are nearly 2.3 times more likely to die of Clostridium Difficile than MRSA in England and Wales and Clostridium difficile has been linked to:

  • 1214 deaths in 2001
  • 1428 deaths in 2002
  • 1788 deaths in 2003
  • 2247 deaths in 2004
  • 3807 deaths in 2005

Clostridium Difficile (so called because when it was first discovered it was difficult to grow in the laboratory) is a cause of diarrhoea, which is usually acquired in hospital. Although in most cases it causes a relatively mild illness, occasionally and particularly in elderly patients, it may result in serious illness and even death. The bacterium produces two toxins which are responsible for the diarrhoea and which damage the cells lining the bowel. However, not all strains of C. Difficile produce toxin; these strains are unlikely to cause disease and patients colonised by them remain healthy. In addition, the bacterium can form spores which enable it to survive in the environment outside the body and which protect the organism against heat and chemical disinfectants. Sources from Wikipedia.

This web site and support group was set up because my grandmother died after she contracted Clostridium difficile following an admission to treat a urine infection. I had never heard about C. diff before and was never given any information from the hospital. They seemed to be playing the whole thing down until they had an outbreak but still did not give adequate information to patients or visitors. I watched my grandmother slowly slip away without being able to do anything,I decided to set up this support group to help and support families who have been affected by C. diff and to try and raise awareness about this terrible bug.