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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rate* for Enterocolitis Due to Clostridium difficile, by Race and Sex --- United States, 1999--2006

The figure shows the age-adjusted death rate for enterocolitis due to Clostridium difficile for 1999 through 2006, by sex and white or black race. From 1999 to 2006, the rate for this disease increased an average of approximately 30% per year for both men and women and the white and black populations.

* Per 100,000 U.S standard population.

Enterocolitis due to Clostridium difficile is an inflammation of the intestines that is predominantly associated with antibiotic use. From 1999 to 2006, the age-adjusted death rate for this disease increased an average of approximately 30% per year for both men and women and the white and black populations. Approximately 90% of deaths occurred in persons aged ≥65 years.

SOURCE: Heron MP, Hoyert DL, Murphy SL, Xu JQ, Kochanek KD, Tejada-Vera B. Deaths: final data for 2006. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2009;57(14). Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2009. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr57/nvsr57_14.pdf.

Alternative Text: The figure above shows the age-adjusted death rate for enterocolitis due to Clostridium difficile for 1999 through 2006, by sex and white or black race. From 1999 to 2006, the rate for this disease increased an average of approximately 30% per year for both men and women and the white and black populations.

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Date last reviewed: 5/14/2009

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