The number of deaths of patients infected with the Clostridium difficile  bacteria at San José’s San Juan de Dios hospital has now reached three.

C. difficile colonies on a blood agar plate.
C. difficile colonies on a blood agar plate.

The total in the country is now four, in addition to the three deaths at the SJD, one death has been recorded at the Heredia hospital.

On Friday,  hospital’s communications centre confirmed the death, reporting the patient was an elderly suffering from “a very aggressive type of cancer”.

Andrea de la Cruz, hospital spokeswoman, said that the number of patients with the bacteria has dropped from 7 to 3. The infected patients are in isolation.

The total number of deaths in the country associated with the bacteria is now four, three at the San Juan and one at the Heredia hospital.

Clostridium difficile is the most serious cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) and can lead to pseudomembranous colitis, a severe inflammation of the colon, often resulting from eradication of the normal gut flora by antibiotics