Increasing incidence of Clostridium difficile infection, Australia, 2011-2012

Nelly E P Engelhardt and David B McGechie
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00547
Published online: 21 July 2014

To the Editor: Slimings and colleagues suggest that strain typing of Clostridium difficile would give greater insight into the epidemiology of this infection in Australia,1 as it has in the United Kingdom,2 demonstrating less inhospital transmission than suspected in the past. We believe this to be the case.

  • Nelly E P Engelhardt
  • David B McGechie

  • Department of Microbiology, PathWest Laboratory Medicine, Fremantle, WA.

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