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Clostridium difficile infection

Clostridium difficile infection
Clostridium difficile infection
Clostridium difficile is a rod-shaped, Gram-positive anaerobic bacterium which produces spores that enable it to survive in the environment for prolonged periods (Fig 1). Although first isolated in 1935, it was identified as the causal agent of antibiotic associated diarrhoea and pseudomembranous colitis only in the 1970s. C. difficile-associated disease (CDAD) has become an increasingly important nosocomial infection in the UK and throughout the western world over recent years (Fig 2). In addition to morbidity and mortality, CDAD imposes a huge economic burden on the health services.
1470-2118
544-547
Clark, Tristan
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Wiselka, Martin
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Clark, Tristan
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Wiselka, Martin
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Clark, Tristan and Wiselka, Martin (2008) Clostridium difficile infection. Clinical medicine (London, England), 544-547.

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Clostridium difficile is a rod-shaped, Gram-positive anaerobic bacterium which produces spores that enable it to survive in the environment for prolonged periods (Fig 1). Although first isolated in 1935, it was identified as the causal agent of antibiotic associated diarrhoea and pseudomembranous colitis only in the 1970s. C. difficile-associated disease (CDAD) has become an increasingly important nosocomial infection in the UK and throughout the western world over recent years (Fig 2). In addition to morbidity and mortality, CDAD imposes a huge economic burden on the health services.

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Published date: 1 October 2008

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Local EPrints ID: 448509
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/448509
ISSN: 1470-2118
PURE UUID: 221790e4-f2a2-4d69-b48f-c9a7a29bb3a7
ORCID for Tristan Clark: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6026-5295

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Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 02:08

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Author: Tristan Clark ORCID iD
Author: Martin Wiselka

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