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A national survey of testing and management of asymptomatic carriage of C. difficile

  • Preeta K. Kutty (a1), Susan E. Beekmann (a2) (a3), Ronda L. Sinkowitz-Cochran (a1), Erik R. Dubberke (a4), David T. Kuhar (a1), L. Clifford McDonald (a1) and Philip M. Polgreen (a2) (a3)...


A nationwide survey indicated that screening for asymptomatic carriers of C. difficile is an uncommon practice in US healthcare settings. Better understanding of the role of asymptomatic carriage in C. difficile transmission, and of the measures available to reduce that risk, are needed to inform best practices regarding the management of carriers.


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Author for correspondence: Preeta K. Kutty MD, MPH, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, MS A31 Atlanta, GA 30329-4027. Email:


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PREVIOUS PRESENTATION: The information was presented in part at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Spring 2018 Conference on Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Portland, Oregon.



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