Public Health Agency to map aggressive gut bug

The Swedish Public Health Agency has requested samples from hospitals all over Sweden in order to map how widespread the contagious gut bug Clostridium Difficile really is, Swedish Radio News reports.

The Public Health Agency's decision to map the bug comes after two outbreaks at two different hospitals in Sweden, where at least two people have died because of the bug.

The most recent outbreak was reported in Växjö in southern Sweden, Saturday.

The bacteria causes infections in the gut, which often occurs when a patient has been treated with antibiotics that have wiped out the good bacteria in the gut. The infection causes bloating, diarrhea and severe abdominal pain.

Roughly 8,000 patients were infected by the bacteria in Sweden last year.