Summary

Background

Certain Clostridium difficile ribotypes have been associated with complex disease phenotypes including recurrence and increased severity, especially the well-described hypervirulent RT027. This study aimed to determine the pattern of ribotypes causing infection and the association, if any, with severity.

Methods

All faecal samples submitted to a large diagnostic laboratory for C. difficile testing between 2011 and 2013 were subject to routine testing and culture. All C. difficile isolates were ribotyped, and associated clinical and demographic patient data were retrieved and linked to ribotyping data.

 

Credit: CDC

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