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Clin Infect Dis. 2008 Feb 1;46(3):447-50. doi: 10.1086/525267.

Clostridium difficile skin contamination in patients with C. difficile-associated disease.

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Research Service, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 10701 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106, USA.

Abstract

In a prospective study of 27 patients with Clostridium difficile-associated disease, we found that C. difficile frequently contaminated multiple skin sites, including groin, chest, abdomen, forearms, and hands, and was easily acquired on investigators' hands. Skin contamination often persisted on patients' chest and abdomen after resolution of diarrhea.

PMID:
18181742
DOI:
10.1086/525267
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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