Clinical and molecular epidemiology of sporadic and clustered cases of nosocomial Clostridium difficile diarrhea.

@article{Samore1996ClinicalAM,
  title={Clinical and molecular epidemiology of sporadic and clustered cases of nosocomial Clostridium difficile diarrhea.},
  author={Matthew H. Samore and Lata Venkataraman and P C Degirolami and Robert D. Arbeit and Adolf W. Karchmer},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  year={1996},
  volume={100 1},
  pages={32-40}
}
PURPOSE A prospective clinical and molecular epidemiologic study was conducted to define the frequency of nosocomial Clostridium difficile patient-to-patient transmission in an urban tertiary referral hospital. PATIENTS AND METHODS Over a 6-month period, environmental cultures for C difficile were obtained from patients with new positive stool cytotoxin assay (index cases); stool samples were obtained from selected patient contacts (the roommate, occupants of adjacent rooms, and the patient… CONTINUE READING
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