The incidence and severity of hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has been increasing in the past decade. CDI is also recognised as a cause for diarrhoea in the community and the community-associated CDI can affect younger patients without traditional risk factors, which may contribute to missed diagnoses.1,2
The importance of stopping the CDI spread and focusing on treatment adds pressure to use easy, low investment and robust diagnostic test systems which can be performed by routine personnel in a conventional laboratory environment.
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1. Gupta A., Khanna S. Community–acquired Clostridium difficile infection: An increasing public health threat. Infection and drug resistance. A Review. 2014:7, 63-72
2. Wilcox M.H., Mooney L., Bendall R., Settle C.D., Fawley W.N. A case-control study of communitu-associated Clostridium difficile infection. JAC (2008) 62, 388-396