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As super bug spreads, doctors rethink approach

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Kelleigh Nelson and her husband Larry took a cruise before she contracted C. diff, which now prevents her from traveling. (Courtesy of the Nelson family.)


Warren was finally able to care for her children after a six-month battle with C. diff. (Courtesy of the Warren family.)

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An increasingly dangerous intestinal super bug is sending ripples through the medical community. The disease, caused by a pathogen known as C. diff, thrives in unsanitary hospital conditions and in response to antibiotic treatments. These circumstances, some experts say, create a vicious cycle where the health care industry feeds the problem it is trying to treat.