Role of the environment in the transmission of Clostridium difficile in health care facilities.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Recent data demonstrate that the contaminated hospital surface environment plays a key role in the transmission of Clostridium difficile. Enhanced environmental cleaning of rooms housing Clostridium difficile-infected patients is warranted, and, if additional studies demonstrate a benefit of "no-touch" methods (eg, ultraviolet irradiation, hydrogen peroxide systems), their routine use should be considered.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Weber, DJ; Anderson, DJ; Sexton, DJ; Rutala, WA

Published Date

  • May 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 5 Suppl

Start / End Page

  • S105 - S110

PubMed ID

  • 23622740

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-3296

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ajic.2012.12.009


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States