Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a bacterium found in most people's guts. However, when this bacterium spreads, it can cause severe inflammation and life-threatening illnesses. In fact, in the US, 14,000 people die annually from C. diff infections. The first line of treatment is vancomycin, an antibiotic that kills C. diff (among others). However, not all infected people respond to vancomycin. For those treatment-resistant individuals, Dr. David Speicher a post-doctoral fellow at the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, is finding a solution: faecal transplants. Tune in to learn more on why C. diff infections are so common in hospitals and how a faecal transplant occurs. You may also receive some words of wisdoms from David and others!
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