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State gives URMC $950k to research bacterial outbreaks

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Rochester Business Journal
May 6, 2014

The state Department of Health has awarded a $950,000 grant to a University of Rochester Medical Center research team working to cut nursing home C. diff outbreaks, URMC officials said Tuesday.

Shorthand for clostridium difficile, C. diff is an infectious bacterial disease that inflames colons and can result in life-threatening diarrhea.

Older persons with less robust immune systems are prone to C. diff infections, said the research team’s leader, Ghinwa Dumyati M.D., director of the communicable diseases surveillance and prevention program at URMC’s Center for Community Health.

Counterintuitively, antibiotics can help promote the spread of C. diff by killing off helpful gut flora to leave a clear path for C. diff to multiply. Nursing home residents who have been treated with antibiotics during recent hospitalizations are particularly vulnerable.  

Dumyati’s team plans to collect data on antibiotic usage in nursing homes and collaborate with long-term care facility medical directors to develop antibacterial usage guidelines and education materials.     
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