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One in four C diff cases diagnosed in community

21st May 2009

Analysis has revealed that almost a quarter of cases of Clostridium difficile are now being diagnosed in the community, mostly by GPs.

A Health Protection Agency study estimated where C difficile infections recorded through hospital-based surveillance programmes were actually acquired and found 23% were diagnosed in a community setting. The HPA also indicated that half of the cases diagnosed in the community were true community-onset cases. In October, the number of reported cases of C difficile fell by 18% in the previous quarter and by 38% on the same period the year before, to 8,683.

 

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