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Deadly Bacterial Infections on the Rise Among Hospitalized Kids

More and more hospitalized children are becoming infected with the bacteria known as Clostridium difficile. This germ can cause severe diarrhea and even death.

Research shows that he number of cases of Clostridium difficile infection among hospitalized children rose by about 15 percent every single year between 1997 and 2006. Children who come down with these infections are 20 percent more likely to die while hospitalized and 40 percent more likely to require surgery to remove all or part of their colons.

According to Live Science:

"The rise in cases may be due to the emergence of a more virulent strain of the bacteria ... An increase in antibiotic prescriptions for children may also explain the trend ... Taking antibiotics is known to increase the risk of [Clostridium difficile infection] – antibiotics wipe out the 'good' bacteria in the gut, which makes it easier for 'bad' bacteria to settle in."

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