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Am J Infect Control. 2013 May;41(5 Suppl):S105-10. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2012.12.009.

Role of the environment in the transmission of Clostridium difficile in health care facilities.

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Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA. dweber@unch.unc.edu

Abstract

Recent data demonstrate that the contaminated hospital surface environment plays a key role in the transmission of Clostridium difficile. Enhanced environmental cleaning of rooms housing Clostridium difficile-infected patients is warranted, and, if additional studies demonstrate a benefit of "no-touch" methods (eg, ultraviolet irradiation, hydrogen peroxide systems), their routine use should be considered.

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23622740
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10.1016/j.ajic.2012.12.009
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