Cases of Clostridium difficile-associated disease (CDAD) increased twofold from 2000 to 2005, claiming the lives of more than 28,000 people in 2005 alone, according to an MSNBC report.
About 301,200 people contracted the disease in 2005, where from 1993 to 2005, more than 2 million got CDAD.
The intestinal infection, which can cause mild to sever diarrhea, disturbs the normal flora content of the colon. Its occurrence is associated with the use of antibiotics, which can disrupt a normally healthy gut balance. It is most likely to affect older people.
MSNBC says Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, produces spores that can last on surfaces for weeks, and they must be killed with bleach.
Several reports have indicated that probiotics — often described as friendly bacteria — might help protect against C. diff infection. Along with keeping people regular, probiotics could potentially prevent antibiotic-induced diarrhea.