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When Antibiotics Lead to Deadly Diarrhea

It’s day five of Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. In today’s CDC Safe Healthcare Blog, Matthew Wayne MD, CMD, of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) takes a close look at Clostridium difficile, a major cause of acute, antibiotic-associated diarrhea in the nation’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Clostridium difficile results in nearly 14,000 deaths each and every year, of these deaths 90 percent involve people 65 years and older. As a patient, caregiver, or nursing home facility, there’s a lot you can do to prevent these potentially deadly infections. To learn how you can help, join the conversation at

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