Journal Article

Persistence of an Endemic (Toxigenic) Isolate of <i>Clostridium difficile</i> in the Environment of a General Medicine Ward

Stuart H. Cohen, Yajarayma J. Tang, Darush Rahmani and Joseph Silva

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 30, issue 6, pages 952-954
Published in print June 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online June 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/313807
Persistence of an Endemic (Toxigenic) Isolate of Clostridium difficile in the Environment of a General Medicine Ward

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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.

Journal Article.  1148 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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