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Majority of C. diff deaths in ages 65+

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More than 90% of deaths from C. difficile infectious occur in people ages 65 and older.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Making Health Care Safer: Stopping C. difficile infections. Vital Signs. March 2012; http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/pdf/2012-03-vitalsigns.pdf

Reference

Title
Making Health Care Safer: Stopping C. difficile infections
Publication
Vital Signs
Publisher
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Publication Date
March 2012
Authors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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