C. Difficile

  • An increase in Clostridium difficile infection incidence has been observed among hospitalized children in the United States. The present statement, targeted at clinicians caring for infants and children in community and institutional settings, summarizes the relevant information relating to the role of C difficile in childhood diarrhea and provides recommendations for diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Significant differences between adult and paediatric risk factors and disease are discussed, along with emerging therapies.

  • 7 June 2013

    A rise in the number of people who contract infections while in hospital has prompted a review as NHS managers say they are improving ward cleaning.

    Experts were called after an outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C.diff) at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Denbighshire earlier this year.

    A report found the average number of new cases up from three a week in 2012 to eight a week in March and April.

    The study called for a review of infection control arrangements.

  • CBC News Posted: May 10, 2013 2:32 PM ET 

    Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital is treating a number of patients who have contracted C. difficile.

    "We are experiencing higher than expected numbers on the hospital’s seventh floor due to patients being admitted with the infection from other facilities and the community," the statement says.

    Less than five C. difficile cases have been confirmed.

  • By Katie Moisse Jan 2, 2012 8:00am

    Flushing the toilet with the lid up can spray diarrhea-causing bacteria into the air, according to a new study of hospital toilets.

  • CARLY WEEKS, The Globe and Mail, Published Thursday, Jul. 05 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

    A new defence against Clostridium difficile, a deadly superbug that kills hundreds and sickens thousands every year, is coming to Canada.

  • Updated 3/22/2010, By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY

    There's good and bad news on the "superbug" front. In community hospitals in the Southeast, an easily spread bacterium appears to have overtaken the widely feared MRSA as the most common hospital-acquired infection. But a pilot project in Ohio found that pushing hard on simple things such as hand washing and thorough cleaning can lower rates of that bug significantly.

  • By Laura Ungar, Special to The Washington Post, Tuesday, August 24, 2010
    As intravenous antibiotics dripped into his arm, David Carmody seemed to be recovering nicely from a bad bladder infection. But then out of the blue things got worse as he lay in bed at a rehabilitation center: He felt weaker and began suffering uncontrollable diarrhea.
  • Mar. 30, 2010

    Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is the one of the leading pathogens causing hospital-acquired infection in the United States. It may cause diarrhea, colitis, sepsis and lead to prolonged hospitalization and death. Mayo Clinic researchers say they've found a way to reduce the acquisition of this infection and drop its frequency to a fraction of what it had been.

  • By Charlie Fidelman, GAZETTE Health Reporter November 7, 2012

    A sensitive diagnostic test implemented last year at the Royal Victoria Hospital is showing consistently higher rates of detection for a potentially fatal superbug than a test currently used at most Montreal hospitals, officials said Wednesday.

  • By Peter Eisler, USA TODAY - Updated 8/16/2012 1:34 PM

    Just days after doctors successfully removed a tumor from Bailey Quishenberry's brain, the 14-year-old was spiraling downhill, delirious and writhing in pain from an entirely new menace.

    Her abdomen swollen 10 times its normal size and her fever skyrocketing, Bailey began wishing she could die, just to escape the agony.

  • OPB | March 06, 2012 7:25 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:02 a.m. | Portland, OR

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked health officials Tuesday to take more precautions against a type of stubborn infection they've found in a wide variety of medical facilities.

    Kristian Foden-Vencil looks at what's happening in Oregon.

    C. difficile infections occur when someone is taking antibiotics.

    The antibiotics destroy the good bacteria that usually protect patients, leaving C. difficile bacteria to take over.