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Hidden sugar additive may have fueled outbreak of deadly 'superbug'

Hidden sugar additive may have fueled outbreak of deadly 'superbug'

What do you and the deadliest superbugs in America's hospitals have in common? You both really like to eat trehalose, a sugar additive used in many cakes, frostings, and processed sweets. Multiple strains of the bacterium Clostridium difficile have been chowing down on the ingredient, potentially fueling outbreaks and illness for thousands of Americans.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, C. difficile sickens nearly a half a million people each year, killing 15,000....

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