European centre warns of need for better surveillance of C difficile

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 05 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1128
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1Milan

    Europe must urgently boost its methods of infection surveillance with the emergence of deadly new strains of the hospital acquired infection Clostridium difficile, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says.

    The warning comes after a new study showing that the virulent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) ribotype 027 strain of C difficile has now struck healthcare facilities in 16 European countries, with serious outbreaks in Belgium, Germany, Finland, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom (Euro Surveillance

    The 027 strain caused many of the cases in two outbreaks at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in 2004 …

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