This micrograph depicts C. difficile bacteria, which can cause severe diarrhea, fever, intestinal pain and, in some cases, death. The infection can occur after prolonged antibiotic use. (Image: Janice Carr/CDC)

Washington University’s School of Medicine (St. Louis) has received a $5.1 million grant to study “novel strategies to reduce infections acquired in health-care settings and to limit the spread of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”

As per The Source – Washington University in St. Louis:

The funding is part of $26 million awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to five academic medical centers as part of a patient-safety effort known as the Prevention Epicenters Program. Together with the CDC, these Prevention Epicenters develop and test innovative approaches to preventing infections and improving patient safety in health-care settings. The new funding more than doubles previous awards and extends the Prevention Epicenters Program to 2020.

Infections in health-care settings affect more than 700,000 U.S. patients annually and cost nearly $10 billion to treat, according to the CDC. Some of the most serious infections are caused by bacteria that have evolved to become resistant to treatment with antibiotics.

You can read the entire article, published on June 27th, 2016 by Kristina Sauerwein, here:

$5.1 million aimed at preventing superbugs, infections in health-care settings