Hypervirulent Poop Bacteria Is the Hot New Cause of Death

Hamilton Nolan · 03/15/12 09:13AM

A new study from the CDC finds that deaths from gastoenteritis—"inflammation of the stomach and intestines that causes vomiting and diarrhea"—more than doubled between 1999 and 2007, to more than 17,000 per year. The majority of those deaths were due to hypervirulent strains of Clostridium difficile.