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By David B. Stewart
University of Arizona 

A novel 'smart' antibiotic may target most common bacterial infection contracted in US hospitals


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David B. Stewart, University of Arizona and Arun K. Sharma, Pennsylvania State University

(THE CONVERSATION) The most common microbe you are likely to pick up during a hospital stay in the United States is Clostridium difficile. This pathogen secretes toxins that trigger diarrhea and colitis, sickening 500,000 patients annually. It kills approximately 29,000 people each year. All this sickness and death comes at a yearly cost to the U.S. health care system of approximately US$6...

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