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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Canada : 13th patient confirmed dead in C. difficile outbreak at Hamilton hospital

An article from The Winnipeg Free Press :

" HAMILTON : The president of a Hamilton hospital is confirming the death of a 13th patient due to an outbreak of the C. difficile superbug.

Dr. David Higgins, who heads St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, says the patient died Tuesday.
Higgins says that since the outbreak was declared Nov. 1, there have been 62 hospital-acquired cases.

He says there have also been another 37 cases that were acquired outside the hospital.

Higgins says the hospital has been working hard to control the outbreak using a "three-pronged approach."

That involves "rigorous" cleaning of the entire facility, enhancing hand hygiene among staff and a review of antibiotic use."

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