"Clostridium difficile', "c. diff", is infecting a number approaching a half million Americans annually and currently killing 30,000+ annually.
Symptoms begin with severe diarrhea. It's spread easily by tough to kill bacterial spores that can survive for months on surfaces. Once they're on a person's hands, it's a short trip to the mouth. And now a hyper-virulent strain has evolved ans spreading through hospitals, etcetera.
Far more could be done to stop the deadly bacteria C. diff:
One hospital wins a round against C. diff: