Spectrum of Clostridium difficile infections outside health care facilities

Kuijper, Ed J.; Van Dissel, Jaap T.
October 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;10/7/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 8, p747
Academic Journal
The article provides information on how and where clostridium difficile infection can be acquired. Clostridium difficile is commonly known as a hospital-acquired infection and hospital environment is considered potential place for C. difficile to persist, infect vulnerable elderly patients and spread among susceptible patients. However, there are many reports of C. difficile associated with community-acquired infection, and the process by which the infection is being acquired in the community and risk factors linked to C. difficile are discussed. Moreover, the consensus on appropriate definition when studying on-set community C. difficile infection , various studies from different countries regarding the infection are presented along with their findings.


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