C. difficile: by the numbers

Egertson, Laura
November 2004
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/23/2004, Vol. 171 Issue 11, p1331
Academic Journal
Reports on the cases of Clostridium difficile infections in teaching hospitals in Canada. Cases of C. difficile across Quebec from April 1, 2003 to March 31, 2004; Number of people died after contracting the nosocomial infection; Study conducted by the Public Health Agency of Canada on the epidemic.


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