C. difficile outbreaks in Gatineau, Sautt Ste. Marie

Eggertson, Laura
August 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;8/14/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 4, p334
Academic Journal
The article reports that virulent strain of Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) has spread to Gatineau's Hull Hospital in Quebec. The hospital's director of communications Denis Saint-Jean says that 15 cases of C. difficle have been reported in the hospital campus during April-May 2007. Saint-Jean said that his hospital has sent all its sampling to Quebec's Montréal city to determine if the strain is same as detected earlier in the city. The hospital has opined that the strain was probably carried by a patient transferred to its premises from Montréal. It is stated that the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario had investigated 26 deaths at Sault Area Hospital in Ontario and concluded that at least 10 deaths were caused by hospital-acquired C. difficile.


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