The epidemiology and typing of Clostridium difficile.

  • J. S. Brazier
  • Published 1998 in The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy


Clostridium difficile is normally a harmless environmental bacterium but, under certain circumstances, it can cause hospital outbreaks of disease. To understand the disease epidemiology, outbreaks have been investigated by many different methods. The phenotypic and genotypic approaches to typing are reviewed here and the epidemiology of C. difficile… (More)