Campaign aimed at bacteria in health facilities

March 8, 2012

Associated Press

Illinois health officials have kicked off a campaign to fight the spread of the deadly bacteria C-diff in hospitals and other health facilities.

C-diff is the short name for Clostridium difficile. Some infected patients suffer mild diarrhea, but others can develop more severe condition and die. Government estimates suggest C-diff is responsible for up to 15,000 deaths annually.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has launched an educational campaign for hospital workers and health care personnel on preventing the spread of C-diff.

So far, 137 facilities statewide have signed up.

C-diff is commonly spread from person to person via contaminated surfaces or the unwashed hands of health care workers, patients and visitors.

The project is called the Illinois Campaign to Eliminate Clostridium difficile, or ICE C-diff.