CDC: Deadly bacterial illness rises among healthy people

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A deadly bacterial illness, often prevalent among those taking antibiotics, is growing more common even among non-antibiotic takers, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"C-diff" is a spore-producing bacteria known more formally as Clostridium difficile. It has been blamed for 100 deaths last year at one Canadian hospital.

CDC researchers think the bacteria is becoming prevalent not only among nursing home residents and hospital patients but in healthy people, too. Recent cases in four states found the bacteria had caused illness among people who had not been admitted to healthcare facilities or even taken antibiotics, according to the CDC report.

C-diff can cause diarrhea and a more serious intestinal condition known as colitis. The bacteria's spores are difficult to kill with conventional cleaners, which accounts for its rapid spread within nursing homes and other health-care settings.

To read more on the CDC report, visit http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5447a1.htm.