Originally broadcast on November 18, 2010.
Ghinwa Dumyati, MD, FSHEA
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Rochester
Center for Community Health
Monroe County Department of Public Health
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a common cause of diarrhea in hospitalized patients due to exposure to antibiotics and to the healthcare environment. An increase in the incidence and the severity of this disease has been reported over the past decade in the US, Canada and Europe. In addition, CDI has been observed in healthy individuals without previous exposure to established risk factors. The changing pattern of disease is in part due to the emergence of a new epidemic, hypervirulent C. difficile strain identified as BI/NAP1/027 toxinotype III. The broadcast will describe the changing epidemiology of CDI and review CDI prevention strategies in the hospital and the community settings.