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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645479/impact-of-the-nap-1-strain-on-disease-severity-mortality-and-recurrence-of-healthcare-associated-clostridium-difficile-infection
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Karri A Bauer, Jessica E W Johnston, Eric Wenzler, Debra A Goff, Charles H Cook, Joan-Miquel Balada-Llasat, Preeti Pancholi, Julie E Mangino
OBJECTIVES: Studies are conflicting regarding the association of the North American pulsed-field gel electrophoresis type 1 (NAP1) strain in Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and outcomes. We evaluated the association of NAP1 with healthcare-associated CDI disease severity, mortality, and recurrence at our academic medical center. METHODS: Healthcare-associated CDI cases were identified from November 1, 2011 through January 31, 2013. Multivariable regression models were used to evaluate the associations of NAP1 with severe disease (based on the Hines VA severity score index), mortality, and recurrence...
June 20, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641091/increasing-rates-of-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-mexican-hospitals
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Laura Palau Dávila, Elvira Garza-González, Patricia Rodríguez-Zulueta, Rayo Morfín-Otero, Eduardo Rodríguez-Noriega, Diana Villar-Compte, Juan C Rodríguez-Aldama, Adrián Camacho-Ortiz
INTRODUCTION: The epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has changed in the last two decades. There is a lack of information regarding incidence and severity of CDI, especially in the developing world. METHODS: This was a retrospective and observational study from four hospitals of three Mexican cities. Patients were diagnosed with CDI when presented with loose stools and had at least one of the following tests positive: toxins assay, real-time PCR, or an endoscopic image compatible with pseudomembranous colitis...
June 19, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639362/the-effect-of-hospital-biocide-sodium-dichloroisocyanurate-on-the-viability-and-properties-of-clostridium-difficile-spores
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Lovleen Tina Joshi, Angelina Welsch, Jennifer Hawkins, Les Baillie
Clostridium difficile is the primary cause of healthcare associated diarrhoea globally and produces spores which are resistant to commonly used biocides and are able persist on contaminated surfaces for months. This study examined the effect of sublethal concentrations of the biocide sodium dichloroisocyanurate (NaDCC) on the viability of spores produced by 21 clinical isolates of C. difficile representing a range of PCR ribotypes. Spores exposed to 500 ppm NaDCC for 10 minutes exhibited between a 4 - 6 log10 reduction in viability which was independent of spore PCR ribotype...
June 22, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615471/clostridium-difficile-pcr-cycle-threshold-predicts-free-toxin
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Fiona Senchyna, Rajiv L Gaur, Saurabh Gombar, Cynthia Y Truong, Lee F Schroeder, Niaz Banaei
Background. There is no stand-alone Clostridium difficile diagnostic that can sensitively and rapidly detect fecal free toxins. We investigated the performance of C. difficile PCR cycle threshold (CT) for predicting free toxin status.Method. Consecutive stool samples (n=312) positive for toxigenic C. difficile with the GeneXpert C.diff Epi tcdB PCR assay were tested with the rapid membrane C. DIFF QUIK CHEK COMPLETE immunoassay (RMEIA). RMEIA toxin-negative samples were tested with the cell cytotoxicity neutralization assay (CCNA) and tgcBIOMICS ELISA...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596600/detection-of-dna-amplicons-of-polymerase-chain-reaction-using-litmus-test
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Dingran Chang, Kha Tram, Ben Li, Qian Feng, Zhifa Shen, Christine H Lee, Bruno J Salena, Yingfu Li
We report on a new colorimetric DNA detection method that takes advantage of the power of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and the simplicity of the classic litmus test. The strategy makes use of a modified set of primers for PCR to facilitate ensuing manipulations of resultant DNA amplicons: their tagging with urease and immobilization onto magnetic beads. The amplicon/urease-laden beads are then used to hydrolyze urea, resulting in the increase of pH that can be conveniently reported by a pH-sensitive dye...
June 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592348/distinguishing-clostridium-difficile-recurrence-from-reinfection-independent-validation-of-current-recommendations
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Ana Durovic, Andreas F Widmer, Reno Frei, Sarah Tschudin-Sutter
OBJECTIVE Distinguishing recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), defined as CDI caused by the same genotype, from reinfection with a different genotype, has important implications for surveillance and clinical trials investigating treatment effectiveness. We validated the proposed 8-week period for distinguishing "same genotype CDI" from "different genotype CDI," and we aimed to identify clinical variables with distinctiveness to propose an improved definition. METHODS From January 2004 to December 2013, a cohort of all inpatients with CDI at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland, was established, and respective strains were collected...
June 8, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588767/effectiveness-of-various-cleaning-and-disinfectant-products-on-clostridium-difficile-spores-of-pcr-ribotypes-010-014-and-027
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N Kenters, E G W Huijskens, S C J de Wit, I G J M Sanders, J van Rosmalen, E J Kuijper, A Voss
BACKGROUND: In healthcare facilities, Clostridium difficile infections spread by transmission of bacterial spores. Appropriate sporicidal disinfectants are needed to prevent development of clusters and outbreaks. In this study different cleaning/disinfecting wipes and sprays were tested for their efficacy against spores of distinctive C. difficile PCR ribotypes. METHODS: Four different products were tested; 1) hydrogen peroxide 1.5%; 2) glucoprotamin 1.5%; 3) a mixture of ethanol, propane and N-alkyl amino propyl glycine; and 4) a mixture of didecyldimonium chloride, benzalkonium chloride, polyaminopropyl, biguanide and dimenthicone as active ingredients...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583353/the-recognition-and-characterisation-of-finnish-clostridium-difficile-isolates-resembling-pcr-ribotype-027
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Marcela Krutova, Otakar Nyc, Jana Matejkova, Ed J Kuijper, Jari Jalava, Silja Mentula
PURPOSE: To characterise and compare twenty-eight Finnish Clostridiumdifficile RT027-like isolates, selected based on the presence of 18 bp deletion in the tcdC gene and toxin gene profile (A, B, binary), with eleven RT027 isolates from different Finnish geographical areas and time periods. METHODS: Twenty-eight C. difficile RT027-like isolates and 11 RT027 comparative strains were characterised by capillary-electrophoresis (CE) ribotyping, multi-locus variable tandem-repeats analysis (MLVA), multi-locus sequence typing (MLST), and sequencing of tcdC and gyrA gene fragments...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573471/emergence-of-clostridium-difficile-tcdc-variant-078-in-marseille-france
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N Cassir, N Fahsi, G Durand, J-C Lagier, D Raoult, P-E Fournier
The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the epidemiology of hypervirulent Clostridium difficile ribotypes from January 2013 to February 2017 in the Marseille area of southern France. By using the Xpert Clostridium difficile Epi polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay and sequencing the tcdC gene, we characterised C. difficile isolates from symptomatic patients diagnosed with C. difficile infection (CDI) in Marseille university hospitals. We first tested retrospectively 278 C. difficile samples isolated from January 2013 to December 2014 and observed a high prevalence of isolates with tcdC mutations and deletions previously described in both hypervirulent ribotypes RT027 and RT078 (16...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555402/clostridium-difficile-infections-in-finland-2008-2015-trends-diagnostics-and-ribotypes
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S Mentula, S M Kotila, O Lyytikäinen, S Ibrahem, J Ollgren, A Virolainen
We evaluated Clostridium difficile (CD) diagnostics in Finnish clinical microbiology laboratories during 2006-2011, with an update in 2015, in relation to CD surveillance data of the National Infectious Disease Register (NIDR) and ribotyping data from the national reference laboratory during the years 2008-2015. In 2011, diagnostic activity varied regionally more than three-fold and the positivity rate ranged between 7 and 21%. Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) was implemented in the regions with high activity and NAAT users tested 30% more patients and found 15% more cases per population than those not using it...
May 30, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536162/correction-for-cairns-et-al-comparative-genome-analysis-and-global-phylogeny-of-the-toxin-variant-clostridium-difficile-pcr-ribotype-017-reveals-the-evolution-of-two-independent-sublineages
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M D Cairns, M D Preston, C L Hall, D N Gerding, P M Hawkey, H Kato, H Kim, E J Kuijper, T D Lawley, H Pituch, S Reid, B Kullin, T V Riley, K Solomon, P J Tsai, J S Weese, R A Stabler, B W Wren
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June 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511200/enteric-infection-in-relapse-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-the-utility-of-stool-microbial-pcr-testing
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Jordan E Axelrad, Andrew Joelson, Yael R Nobel, Garrett Lawlor, Peter H R Green, Simon Lichtiger, Benjamin Lebwohl
BACKGROUND: The similar presentations in relapse of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and enteric infection pose substantial barriers to diagnosis and treatment. The objective of this study was to investigate the incidence, etiology, predictors, and treatment of enteric infection in patients with IBD. METHODS: We reviewed the records of 214 patients with IBD who underwent 295 gastrointestinal pathogen panel and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) stool tests during an exacerbation of symptoms...
June 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501926/an-outbreak-of-clostridium-difficile-pcr-ribotype-027-in-spain-risk-factors-for-recurrence-and-a-novel-treatment-strategy
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E Bouza, L Alcalá, M Marín, M Valerio, E Reigadas, P Muñoz, M González-Del Vecchio, V de Egea
An outbreak of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) caused by ribotype 027 (B1/NAP1) began in our hospital in November 2014, and produced 141 episodes in the following months. The aim of this study is to describe this outbreak, assess risk factors for recurrence of CDI-027 and to analyze the implementation of a novel treatment strategy. This is a prospective study of all patients with CDI-027, from November 2014 to November 2015. The epidemiological data were collected daily for each patient. We compared clinical characteristics and treatment between patients with and without recurrence of CDI-027...
May 13, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501554/molecular-typing-of-clostridium-difficile-isolates-cultured-from-patient-stool-samples-and-gastroenterological-medical-devices-in-a-single-iranian-hospital
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Masoumeh Azimirad, Marcela Krutova, Otakar Nyc, Zahra Hasani, Leili Afrisham, Masoud Alebouyeh, Mohammad Reza Zali
This study aimed to characterize Clostridium difficile isolates cultured from stool samples of patients with C. difficile infection (CDI) and swabs from a medical environment in a gastroenterology center in Tehran, Iran. A total of 158 samples (105 stool samples from hospitalized patients and 53 swabs from medical devices and the environment) were collected from January 2011 to August 2011 and investigated for the presence of C. difficile by direct anaerobic culture on a selective media for C. difficile...
May 10, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441827/-colonization-rate-of-clostridium-difficile-in-healthy-children
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Y Wang, S Guo, C N Zhao, X W Xu
Objective: To learn the colonization of Clostridium difficile in local healthy children and to investigate the colonization rate and toxin types of Clostridium difficile at different ages. Method: From September 2014 to January 2015 in a case observational study, healthy children's fecal specimens from the health care department of Beijing Children's Hospital were collected. The children were divided into four groups according to age: <1 year old(n=53), 1-<3 years old(n=50), 3-<6 years old(n=50) and 6-<14 years old(n=50) respectively...
April 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435086/toxigenic-clostridium-difficile-colonization-among-hospitalised-adults-risk-factors-and-impact-on-survival
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Laura Behar, David Chadwick, Angela Dunne, Christopher I Jones, Claire Proctor, Chakravarthi Rajkumar, Paula Sharratt, Philip Stanley, Angela Whiley, Mark Wilks, Martin J Llewelyn
OBJECTIVES: To establish risk factors for Clostridium difficile colonization among hospitalized patients in England. METHODS: Patients admitted to elderly medicine wards at three acute hospitals in England were recruited to a prospective observational study. Participants were asked to provide a stool sample as soon as possible after enrolment and then weekly during their hospital stay. Samples were cultured for C. difficile before ribotyping and toxin detection by PCR...
July 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417271/antimicrobial-effects-of-manuka-honey-on-in-vitro-biofilm-formation-by-clostridium-difficile
#17
M Piotrowski, P Karpiński, H Pituch, A van Belkum, P Obuch-Woszczatyński
Clostridium difficile is the cause of the nosocomial C. difficile infection (CDI). The conventional antibiotics used in CDI therapy are often unsuccessful, and recurrent infections may occur. Biofilm formation by C. difficile is associated with chronic or recurrent infections; biofilms may contribute to virulence and impaired antimicrobial efficacy. Manuka honey, derived from the Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium), is known to exhibit antimicrobial properties that are associated with its significant content of methylglyoxal, a natural antibiotic...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412380/colonization-by-multidrug-resistant-organisms-in-long-term-care-facilities-in-italy-a-point-prevalence-study
#18
M Giufrè, E Ricchizzi, M Accogli, F Barbanti, M Monaco, F Pimentel de Araujo, C Farina, P Fazii, R Mattei, M Sarti, A Barozzi, R Buttazzi, M Cosentino, M Nardone, V Savini, P Spigaglia, A Pantosti, M L Moro, M Cerquetti
OBJECTIVES: To determine prevalence and risk factors for colonization by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in long-term care facility (LTCF) residents in Italy. Genotypes of MDRO isolates were investigated. METHODS: A point-prevalence study was conducted at 12 LTCFs located in four Italian cities (2 February to 14 March 2015). Rectal swabs, faeces and nasal/auxiliary swabs were cultured for extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)- and/or carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae, Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) respectively...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401147/toxinotyping-and-sequencing-of-clostridium-difficile-isolates-from-patients-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-of-northern-india
#19
Meenakshi Singh, Chetana Vaishnavi, Safrun Mahmood, Rakesh Kochhar
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile is an important cause of infectious colitis among hospitalized patients across the globe. The pathogenic potential of C. difficile in producing significant morbidity and mortality is mainly due to production of toxins A and B. The outbreaks of C. difficile infection (CDI) are due to changes in the genetic sequences of the organism. There is hardly any molecular study reported on the prevalent types of C. difficile strains in India. Toxinotyping and sequencing of locally circulating C...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389190/detection-of-vancomycin-resistant-enterococci-vre-in-stool-specimens-submitted-for-clostridium-difficile-toxin-testing
#20
Sevim Özsoy, Arzu İlki
The aim of this study was to determine the association between Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) and efficacy of screening stools submitted for C. difficile toxin assay for prevalence of VRE. Between April 2012 and February 2014, 158 stool samples submitted for C. difficile toxin to the Marmara University Microbiology Laboratory, were included in the study. Stool samples were analyzed by enzyme immuno assay test; VIDAS (bioMerieux, France) for Toxin A&B. Samples were inoculated on chromID VRE (bioMerieux, France) and incubated 24h at 37°C...
March 17, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
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