Stomach Bugs Continuously Targeting Americans
A study conducted by a team of analysts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that the disease called gastroenteritis caused due to stomach bugs have been increasingly killing a large number of people in America for many years.
As per the report findings, the team conducted a study in which it noted the data by the National Center for Health Statistics and found the number of deaths in the country caused by gastroenteritis over a period of eight years.
It was then discovered by the team that the same accounted for more than 17,000 deaths of Americans in 2007, which was double as compared to 7,000 deaths each year at the start. It has been found by the team that the main reason behind the condition is Clostridium difficile, a bacterium also known as C. diff.
Further, the researchers have revealed that C. diff caused five-times more number of deaths this year as compared to the previous year. Stomach bugs cause an infection that leads to severe dehydration in the affected and sometimes prove fatal in children or elderly as they have weak immune system.
The team has explained that gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines that shows symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and cramps. Also, they have told that the infection ends up in a few days mainly, but it makes the patient feel weak and depressed for long. Thus, constant endeavors are being put by the team to find a cure for the disease, the report says.
“By knowing the causes of gastroenteritis-associated deaths and who's at risk, we can develop better treatments and help health care providers prevent people from getting sick”, claims Aron Hall, DVM, an epidemiologist in the CDC Division of Viral Diseases.
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