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C. diff used to beat C. diff infection
BBC News

Potentially deadly Clostridium difficile infections have been treated with a dose of… more C. difficile.

The “fight-fire-with-fire” approach by US doctors replaced aggressive versions of the bug with their friendlier cousins.

Trials on 173 people, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed the odds of repeat infection were cut dramatically.

Experts said it was a promising start and an interesting idea.

C. difficile infections cause diarrhea and fever.

They have been a major problem in hospitals around the world, with around 29,000 deaths in the US alone linked to the bug each year.