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C.Diff ~ THE NEXT DEADLY VIRUS


Health & Wellness  (tags: clostridium difficle, hospitals, doctors, nurses, strain, mutant, germs )

Vicky
- 2078 days ago - msnbc.msn.com
Overuse of antibiotics has allowed the germ to develop resistance in recent years, doctors said, and this is the mutant strain they're afraid of. 78% percent of cleaned surfaces were still contaminated; only bleach will kill the germ.



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Past Member (0)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 6:20 pm
This article points out a serious problem, my last four of Thirty-Eight operations I caught two infections from dirty hospitals. Four years earlier, my neighbor lost part of her foot from a Hospital acquired infection... that same Hospital where I had problems.

This problem will only get worse!

 

Dalia H. (1273)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 7:58 pm
Thanks for sharing dearest Vicky:) Very interesting and scary.
Much Love as always,
Black Dalia;)
 

Susan M. (239)
Monday November 3, 2008, 1:21 am
NOTED THANK-YOU FOR SHARING.NOT ALL HOSPITAL DO WHAT THEY SHOULD. I WOULD NOT ALLOW MY HUSBAND,TO BE PUT IN A NURSING HOME I CARED FOR HIM AT HOME WITH THE HELP OF HOSPICE.HE HAD CANCER. THANK-YOU
 

RC deWinter (418)
Monday November 3, 2008, 4:23 am
C.diff was one of the things my doctor had me tested for when I was so deathly ill last February and March. It wasn't C.diff, it was VYTORIN poisoning my insides, but if C.diff produces the same kinds of symptoms it must be truly horrible.
 

Vicky Farmer (499)
Monday November 3, 2008, 5:47 am
The scary thing is that doctors, nurses, etc can scrub down all they want but at this time ONLY bleach will kill the germ. It could be on bed rails, uniforms, food trays ~ anything. Doctors like to write, write, write prescriptions and the overuse of the very thing that is supposed to help you (antibiotics) is now the reason that C.diff is around.
 

. (0)
Monday November 3, 2008, 9:55 am
Just a note concerning the headline: C. diff is not a virus. It's a bacterium. If it was a virus it would be resistant to antibiotics by default - antibiotics only work against bacteria. The differentiation is important because far too many people still ask their doctor for antibiotics if they have a viral infection - it won't work and it contributes to the overuse of antibiotics which in turn results in resistant bacteria.
 

. (0)
Monday November 3, 2008, 10:05 am
We have seen the birth of the super-multi-strain viruses emerge! Several different strains actually attach and mutate, all due to over using antibiotics!

Thanks & Noted Vicky!

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Vicky Farmer (499)
Monday November 3, 2008, 10:39 am
Thank you Regina on the clarification. It was I, not the article that said virus. Sorry. However shouldn't doctors have enough sense to know what to prescribe and not go on their patient's request for antibiotics? I would like to think that doctors check out the cause first before they prescribe what the patient tells them.
 

Michelle M. (159)
Monday November 3, 2008, 11:21 am
My son had C. diff when he was 18 months old. It took two 10 day scripts of Vancomycin and one 10 day script of amoxicillin over four months to get rid of it.
 

Katrina Davies (0)
Monday November 3, 2008, 12:46 pm
BACTERIA IS A DEADLY INFECTIONS WHERE THEIR IS MANY TYPES OF INFECTION.GOOD BACTERIA AND BAD.GOOD BACTERIA FIGHTS THE BAD BACTERIA OUT.AS I SAY THEIR ARE SERIOUS DEADLY INFECTIONS THAT ANTIBIOTIC WILL NOT HELP.BECAUSE OF THE DEADLY INFECTION IS STRONGER THAT ANTIBIOTIC AND IT IS TOO LATE. HOSPITALS ARE THE WORST PLACE TO BE AT BECAUSE OF ALL DIFFERENT TYPES OF PATIENTS BACK AND FORTH CARRIES BACTERIA AND ALL OF THESE DISEASES. BACTERIA IN THE AIR IN ALL HOSPITALS WILL LIVE THERE. DOCTORS AND NURSES HAVE TO WASH HANDS AFTER TOUCHING A PATIENTS IS IMPORTANT. IN SOME CASES THE BODY CAN FIGHT THE INFECTION AS I SAY AGAIN IT DEPENDS WHAT TYPE OF INFECTION IS SWIMMING OUT THERE. IF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IS STRONG ENOUGH TO FIGHT THE INFECTION. IF NOT THEN IT IS TOO LATE. PUBLIC PLACES ARE VERY CLEAN AND BACTERIA STAYS IN THOSE PLACES. RED BLOOD CELLS FIGHT THE WHITE BLOOD CELLS.
 

Diana M. (0)
Monday November 3, 2008, 4:27 pm
Any suggestions about what a patient can do to protect herself? I'm having surgery next week. Yikes!
 

Vicky Farmer (499)
Monday November 3, 2008, 6:46 pm
Diana, I don't know how big of an epidemic this is but ask the doctors about what precautions they take at their hospital to stave off this bacteria. Say prayers before entering the hospital and ask for protection.
 

Susan Hall-Amado (62)
Tuesday November 4, 2008, 10:37 am
We have had several cases of this here in Canada. It is a very scary situation.
Thanks Vicky
 

Rachel C. (261)
Tuesday November 4, 2008, 10:45 am
This in not new. I work in a hospital and every day we have isolation patients infected with this bacteria. It is just becoming more common and trust me hospitals are scrupulous in trying to prevent the spread of C-dif. To protect yourself in a hospital situation be sure staff including DRs wash their hands. Speak up! It is more likely to affect you if you are on antibiotics for a long time or on many at once. Soooooo guard your health. Get a flu shot so you won't be weakened by a virus which can weaken your system and make you more vulnerable.
 

Rachel C. (261)
Tuesday November 4, 2008, 4:16 pm
Also remember washing hands may not kill it but rids it from the body. So don't worry. Hand washing and wearing gloves take care of it.
 
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