Saturday, 13 August 2011

C.Diff 027 endemic in Chicago hospitals

Because of the multiple naming, it is easy to miss that this is the same strain that has killed many in British hospitals and that has caused constant outbreaks in Canada, especially Quebec and Ontario.

O27 otherwise NAP1 or BI

C.Diff is also found in pigs, and all the areas most impacted are also pig farming centres with sick pigs.   Multiple names for the same conditions are favoured by the American pig industry too, “for PR reasons.”

Scientists can’t be so blind as to miss an obvious connection, or can they?

Pig health is indeed the biggest scandal of the 21st century. Mankind probably will do worse, but they will have to make a considerable effort.

The USA will be kicking itself. They took too much on trust and they were warned six years ago. Some of their people have questions to answer too. The evidence is all out there.

The full article may be found here

Investigators Discover Outbreak C. difficile Strain is Endemic in Chicago Hospitals

An outbreak strain of Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that causes diarrhea and sometimes life-threatening inflammation of the colon, is common in Chicago-area acute care hospitals, an investigation published in the September issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology suggests.

In response to Illinois Department of Public Health reports of rising rates of C. difficile infection as a hospital discharge diagnosis, the Chicago and Cook County health departments surveyed 25 Chicago-area hospitals over one month in 2009. They identified 263 total cases of C. difficile illness. Of 129 C. difficile isolates cultured from these patients, 61 percent were the outbreak C. difficile strain known as BI/NAP1.

The BI strain, which is known to cause more serious illness, is usually associated with large acute outbreaks of C. difficile. However this investigation suggests that BI is endemic in the Chicago area and patients could be at risk for severe disease even in the absence of a large acute outbreak....

...C. difficile is most common in elderly patients and those receiving treatment with antibiotics. It is considered to be one of the most important health care-related infections in the U.S....