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Medical News and Perspectives
November 2, 2011

Scientists Seek Strategies to Prevent Clostridium difficile Infections

JAMA. 2011;306(17):1849-1850. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1569

Chicago—As the threat of community-associated Clostridium difficile grows, scientists are probing the sources of infections and testing prevention strategies.

Infections with C difficile cause as many as 500 000 illnesses each year in the United States. Most cases are associated with hospitalization, according to Clifford McDonald, MD, of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But a growing number have been documented among individuals in the community, including some people without traditional risk factors.