Contamination of the hospital environment from potential Clostridium difficile excretors without active infection

Jason S Biswas, Amita Patel, Jonathan A Otter, Esther van Kleef, Simon D Goldenberg

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    Clostridium difficile was recovered from 33 (34%) of 98 rooms of patients who were excretors compared with 36 (49%) of 73 rooms of patients with active infection. Not all laboratory algorithms can distinguish between these 2 groups, yet both may be a significant source for ongoing transmission.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
    Issue number8
    Pages (from-to)975-977
    Number of pages3
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • Adult
    • Aged
    • Aged, 80 and over
    • Bacterial Proteins/genetics
    • Bacterial Toxins/genetics
    • Carrier State/microbiology
    • Clostridioides difficile/genetics
    • Diarrhea/microbiology
    • Enterocolitis, Pseudomembranous/microbiology
    • Enterotoxins/genetics
    • Equipment Contamination
    • Feces/microbiology
    • Female
    • Fomites/microbiology
    • Hospitals
    • Humans
    • Male
    • Middle Aged
    • Patients' Rooms
    • Young Adult

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