Are Many Patients Diagnosed With Healthcare-associated Clostridioides difficile Infections Colonized With the Infecting Strain on Admission? Academic Article uri icon


  • In a cohort of 480 patients admitted to an acute care hospital, 68 (14%) had positive perirectal cultures for toxigenic Clostridioides difficile on admission. Of the 11 patients (2%) diagnosed with healthcare-associated C. difficile infections, 3 (27%) had genetically related admission and infection isolates, based on whole-genome sequencing.

published proceedings

  • Clin Infect Dis

author list (cited authors)

  • Gonzalez-Orta, M., Saldana, C., Ng-Wong, Y., Cadnum, J., Jencson, A., Jinadatha, C., & Donskey, C. J.

publication date

  • January 2019