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75% of c. diff infections start in places like nursing homes and physician offices

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75% of clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infections, a common HAI, start in places like nursing homes and physician offices.

Infectious Diseases Society of America. Promoting Anti-Infective Development and Antimicrobial Stewardship through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA). Statement of the IDSA befor the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health; March 2012. http://www.idsociety.org/uploadedfiles/idsa/policy_and_advocacy/current_topics_and_issues/advancing_product_research_and_development/bad_bugs_no_drugs/statements/idsa%20pdufa%20gain%20testimony%20030812%20final.pdf

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