We've had previous warning posts about the worrying risk of severe side effects from Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics as well as posts about how difficult it is to eradicate a Clostridium difficile infection. So I was interested to read of the tie between the two!
Restricting the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics was more effective than measures such as "deep cleans" of hospitals in reducing the incidence of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) in Oxfordshire and Leeds, England, researchers reported.
Derrick Crook, MBBCh, of the University of Oxford, and colleagues explained that the study "shows that the C. difficile epidemic was an unintended consequence of intensive use of an antibiotic class, fluoroquinolones, and control was achieved by specifically reducing use of this antibiotic class, because only the C. difficile bugs that were resistant to fluoroquinolones went away."
PS sparkler, I wonder how many readers of your warnings have been spared the agony of a C.diff infection?