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Contamination of the Hospital Environment From Potential Clostridium difficile Excretors Without Active Infection

  • Jason S. Biswas (a1), Amita Patel (a1), Jonathan A. Otter (a1), Esther van Kleef (a2) (a3) and Simon D. Goldenberg (a1)...


Clostridium difficile was recovered from 33 (34%) of 98 rooms of patients who were excretors compared with 36 (49%) of 73 rooms of patients with active infection. Not all laboratory algorithms can distinguish between these 2 groups, yet both may be a significant source for ongoing transmission.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015;36(8): 975–977


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Address correspondence to Simon D. Goldenberg, MD, DipHIC, FRCPath, Centre for Clinical Infection and Diagnostics Research, King’s College, London and Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH, United Kingdom (


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