Able to cause debilitating diarrhoea, it is thought the superbug accounts for over two thirds of healthcare C. difficile
To understand how this bacterium is evolving, researchers collected and cultured 906 strains of C. difficile
isolated from humans, animals, such as dogs, pigs and horses, and the environment.
Each year in the United States, about half a million people are infected with C. difficile
, resulting in 29,000 deaths.
"The findings of this study may explain some sporadic outbreaks of C. difficile
infections in hospitals from unknown sources; however, further research is required in order to establish the true burden of hospital bedsheets in such outbreaks," a coauthor said in a statement.
To assess C. difficile
contamination in retail meat products, ready-for-consumption packed meat was purchased in four large markets in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in May 2017.
disease occurs primarily in hospitalized elderly patients, but it has extended beyond this population into the community, infecting younger, healthier patients.
At the NIID and NIR, fecal samples were inoculated on the commercial medium CLO (BioMerieux, France) and a C. difficile
selective agar and then incubated at 37 [degrees]C in an anaerobic atmosphere.
We designed our survey to capture information about hospital characteristics and various aspects of C. difficile
testing from a convenience sample of 38 medical centers, including 17 members of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Infection Control Network, 13 community hospitals, and 9 university-affiliated multispecialty centers.
The incidence of C. difficile
infection has increased significantly for the last few years in the United States .
The rate of C. difficile
colonization among newborns varies widely (2.5-90%) , mainly during the first 2 years of life and usually in an asymptomatic manner [6, 7].
(1) All patients had stool specimens sent for C. difficile
toxin; in addition, 26 hospitalized control patients without leukocytosis also had stool sent for C.
Health company Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ:LMNX) reported on Monday the receipt of the US FDA clearance for the ARIES C. difficile
Assay for rapid detection of C.
Based on ribosomal analysis, C. difficile
often is transmitted from the hospital into the community and back into the hospital on the soles of shoes, researchers have concluded, based on findings from thousands of samples from patients, hospital environments, and shoes.
Extraintestinal manifestations of C. difficile
are rare, 0.17% of all C.