Asymptomatic C. difficile colonization prevalent at hospital admission

  • April 24, 2014

Colonization with toxigenic Clostridium difficile was prevalent among asymptomatic individuals who were admitted to the hospital, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine found.

“Using highly sensitive methods to detect asymptomatic C. difficile colonization, this study found a carriage rate of [toxigenic C. difficile] higher than previous publications,” the researchers wrote in Clinical Infectious Diseases. “In addition, there were no clear risk factors for asymptomatic colonization and strain prevalence in carriers was different from patients with CDI.”

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