c. difficile

Curbing C. difficile’s Toxin Production

BOSTON — As if being admitted to the hospital weren’t bad enough, patients, once admitted, are at higher risk of becoming infected with a “superbug” bacterium, Clostridium difficile (C. difficile). The toxins produced by C. difficile kill human intestinal cells by causing them to burst open, allowing the bacteria to use them as fuel. This results in severe diarrhea and, in rare cases, death.