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2/10/2009· Bacteria - Fungus - Mold Investigation

The Clostridium difficile Epidemic: A Potential Disaster for Long-Term Care

By: Dr. Mary C. Vrtis

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), an anaerobic, spore-forming, gram-positive bacteria, has emerged in recent years as a serious health threat in the United States. Although the organism has been known to cause disease for at least 30 years,1 recent mutations have resulted in healthcare–acquired epidemic outbreaks in the United States,2-5 Canada,6,7 Europe8,9 and Japan.10 Genetic fingerprinting has identified a number of strains in clonal outbreaks, and several of these strains are cause for great concern

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