Detection and Isolation of Clostridium difficile Asymptomatic Carriers During Clostridium difficile Infection Outbreaks: An Exploratory Study

Paquet-Bolduc, B.; Gervais, P.; Roussy, J.-F.; Trottier, S.; Oughton, M.; Brukner, I.; Longtin, J.; Loo, V.G.; Dascal, A.; Longtin, Y.

Clinical Infectious Diseases An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 67(11): 1781-1783


ISSN/ISBN: 1537-6591
PMID: 29771298
DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciy425
Accession: 057791053

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During 4 Clostridium difficile infection outbreaks, unit-wide screening of 114 patients led to detection and isolation of 15 (13%) C. difficile asymptomatic carriers. Carriage prevalence varied between outbreaks, from 0% to 29% (P = .004). Isolating carriers was not associated with significantly shorter outbreak durations, compared with historical controls.