The study found there were nearly twice as many deaths associated with the bacteria than had previously been recorded…
In total c.difficle infects 450,000 Americans each year the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, according to NBC News.
The bacteria causes an inflammation of the colon and causes deadly diarrhea.
The research found the deadly microbe was 'directly attributed' to 15,000 deaths and linked to 29,000 deaths in 2011.
More than 80 percent of the deaths associated with the infection occurred among Americans aged 65 years or older.