The new Clostridium difficile--what does it mean?

  title={The new Clostridium difficile--what does it mean?},
  author={John G. Bartlett and Trish Perl},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={353 23},
Recent experience with influenza, the severe acute respiratory syndrome (also known as SARS), avian influenza, and community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus has demonstrated how old pathogens can emerge with increased virulence and challenge scientists to explain their rebirth, clinicians to care for patients, and infection-control personnel to prevent their spread. Clostridium difficile appears to illustrate these challenges. It already has some distinctive features: it… CONTINUE READING