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Asymptomatic Clostridium difficile colonization: epidemiology and clinical implications

Furuya-Kanamori, Luis; Marquess, John; Yakob, Laith; Riley, Thomas V; Paterson, David L; Foster, Niki F; Huber, Charlotte A; Clements, Archie


BACKGROUND The epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has changed over the past decades with the emergence of highly virulent strains. The role of asymptomatic C. difficile colonization as part of the clinical spectrum of CDI is complex because many risk factors are common to both disease and asymptomatic states. In this article, we review the role of asymptomatic C. difficile colonization in the progression to symptomatic CDI, describe the epidemiology of asymptomatic C....[Show more]

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Date published: 2015-11-14
Type: Journal article
Source: BMC Infectious Diseases
DOI: 10.1186/s12879-015-1258-4
Access Rights: Open Access


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