Prevalence of C. diff in hospital patients
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Quick View. Posted June 1, 2009
Clostridium difficile is much more prevalent in America's hospitals than previously believed, says a study in the May American Journal of Infection Control. Thirteen in every 1,000 inpatients has C. diff -- 20 times more than previous estimates -- according to findings from a survey done last summer by the Assn. for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Inc. Prevalence rates show great variation nationwide.
Source: American Journal of Infection Control, May (link)