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Asymptomatic Carriers of C. Diff May Be Significant Source of Infection at Hospitals

Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
By Christopher Cheney
December 16, 2019

In the hospital setting, screening for asymptomatic carriers of Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) at the time of admission could reduce infection rates, a study published this week says.

C. diff is a deadly diarrhea-associated infection, with more than 400,000 U.S. cases annually that are linked with nearly 30,000 deaths, earlier research shows. Hospitals have focused on reducing transmission of C. diff from symptomatic patients.