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Comparison of the Burdens of Hospital-Onset, Healthcare Facility-Associated Clostridium difficile Infection and of Healthcare-Associated Infection due to Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Community Hospitals

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Becky A. Miller*
Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Luke F. Chen
Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Daniel J. Sexton
Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Deverick J. Anderson
Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Box 102359, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710 (


We sought to determine the burden of nosocomial Clostridium difficile infection in comparison to other healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in community hospitals participating in an infection control network. Our data suggest that C. difficilehas replaced MRSA as the most common etiology of HAI in community hospitals in the southeastern United States.

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Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2011

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