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Hospital disinfectants struggling to kill C. diff bacteria

One of the key aspects for maintaining healthcare hygiene is the application of cleaning agents followed by disinfectants. This is part of the on-going battle against hospital acquired infections. But just how good are the disinfectants?

Role of the environment in C. diff transmission

San Josecito - A new review of how readily the hospital associated pathogen Clostridium difficile has been published. The review adds further evidence to the importance of contamination control in the hospital setting.

Okla. student diagnosed with contagious disease — School cleaned

Broken Arrow - An elementary school student in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma has been diagnosed with a contagious disease that required the school to bring in staff to disinfect restrooms and common areas before children were allowed back in the facility.

Scientists discover how C. diff disrupts the human gut

Scientists have determined how Clostridium difficile causes harm in the guts of animals and people in a relatively short time frame. It is hoped that the findings will help treat severe diarrhea in patients.

Mixed results for hospital acquired infections in England

London - The number of cases of hospital acquired infection in English hospitals has slowed down, meaning fewer people are contracting pathogens like MRSA from the clinical setting. However, rates of C. diff are up.

Llama antibodies can tackle C diff

Highly specific antibodies derived from llamas may provide a new method for controlling deadly infections from the opportunistic bacterial pathogen Clostridium difficile, according to a new report.

Fecal transplants are 'successful'

Fecal transplants have begun to be used as a treatment over the past year. Now a long-term study confirms transplants of stool microbes from healthy donors can successfully clear recurrent Clostridium difficile infections.

C. diff outbreak at Ottawa hospital

Ottawa - The Ottawa Hospital has been severely criticized in a report about practices and hygiene. The report was commissioned following a high number of Clostridium difficile cases over a two year period.

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Representative image of the bacterium Clostridium.
Representative image of the bacterium Clostridium.
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Clostridium difficile  a Gram-positive rod shaped bacterium
Clostridium difficile, a Gram-positive rod shaped bacterium

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