Bioscience

Phoenix-area hospitals fight highly toxic ‘supergerm’

May 29, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: The Arizona Republic] – Maricopa County health officials have confirmed that a relatively new, extremely toxic strain of bacteria has been found in hospitals and other health-care facilities in the Valley.

The germ, known as Clostridium difficile, has long plagued the medical profession and is blamed for an increasing amount of illness in patients.

But this is the first time the new strain, known in medical circles as “NAP1,” is believed to have been linked to patient illness and deaths in Arizona, health officials said. It carries at least 20 times as much toxin as the original strain.

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