LOUISVILLE — Some hospitals in Louisville are reporting more instances of infections from Clostridium difficile, a germ that some doctors are calling the next big bacterial threat.
Lisa McGiffert, who runs the Safe Patient Project at the Consumers Union, said the bacteria, commonly referred to as C. diff, has become "a huge problem in most hospitals across the country."
The Courier-Journal reports officials at Louisville's University Hospital and Baptist Hospital East have recently reported more instances of the bacteria.
Dr. Matthew Zahn, medical director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health, said he's seen the infection in dozens of children taking antibiotics.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology says 7,178 hospital patients contract C. diff each year in the United States and up to 438 patients die.