Swallowing pills derived from human poop could prove to be the non-antibiotic answer to a ferociously infectious disease that federal scientists have declared an urgent national threat.
C. difficile — C. diff for short — is a debilitating bacterial infection of the intestinal tract that occurs when antibiotics wipe out health-promoting “good” bacteria. Once that happens, diarrhea-causing C. diff flourishes.
On Long Island, as elsewhere, C. diff is a formidable foe, spreading mostly in health care settings.
The experimental “poop pill” was developed by Canadian researchers, who designed it to prevent recurrent C. diff, which can prove fatal.