Persistence of an endemic (toxigenic) isolate of Clostridium difficile in the environment of a general medicine ward

Stuart H Cohen, Y. J. Tang, D. Rahmani, Jr Silva J.

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Abstract

The epidemiology of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD) in an endemic setting was investigated by use of DNA typing methods to determine the strain identity of C. difficile isolates. Two predominant toxigenic clones were found in the environment and accounted for 29.8% (type 1) and 15.5% (type 2) of CDAD cases, respectively. In endemic settings, the environment and cross-transmission may play a role in acquisition of CDAD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)952-954
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology

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