new virulent strains of Clostridium difficile

There's concern over new virulent strains of Clostridium difficile...leading to severe diarrhea and colitis.

C. difficile colitis can occur when broad-spectrum antibiotics "wipe out" normal GI flora...but do not suppress C. diff.

C. diff infections used to occur most often with clindamycin and second- and third-generation cephalosporins.

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