For years, health officials have rung the alarm about overuse of antibiotics and the emergence of “superbugs” that resist treatment. But the spread of a deadly germ linked with antibiotic use shows just how immediate the threat really is.
The culprit is Clostridium difficile, a bacteria that can cause life-threatening infection, diarrhea and stomach pain. What is so frightening about C. difficile is that it is typically triggered by a round of antibiotic use. Although they kill the targeted infections, antibiotics also wipe out beneficial bacteria, which can make a body more vulnerable to C. difficile infection.
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