Mass. teams help reduce spread of often fatal germ
A life-threatening germ that causes diarrhea and spreads easily from doctors’ offices to hospitals and nursing homes has climbed to historic highs nationally, federal disease trackers warned Tuesday, as they pointed to efforts in Massachusetts that have helped slow the rate of infections here. The clostridium difficile bacteria, known as C. difficile, is linked to about 14,000 deaths every year. Those most at risk are people who have taken antibiotics and also receive care in any medical setting, officials said.