Journal Article

<i>Clostridium difficile</i> Skin Contamination in Patients with <i>C. difficile</i>–Associated Disease

Greg S. Bobulsky, Wafa N. Al-Nassir, Michelle M. Riggs, Ajay K. Sethi and Curtis J. Donskey

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 46, issue 3, pages 447-450
Published in print February 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online February 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/525267
Clostridium difficile Skin Contamination in Patients with C. difficile–Associated Disease

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In a prospective study of 27 patients with Clostridium difficile–associated disease, we found that C. difficile frequently contaminated multiple skin sites, including groin, chest, abdomen, forearms, and hands, and was easily acquired on investigators' hands. Skin contamination often persisted on patients' chest and abdomen after resolution of diarrhea.

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

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