a1 Synlab Medical Care Service, Medical Care Center Weiden, Weiden, Germany
a2 Department of Medical Microbiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
a3 Department of Microbiology and Hygiene, University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
a4 Department of Infectious Diseases and Infection Control, Klinikum Ingolstadt, Ingolstadt, Germany
Between 2000 and 2009, the total number of patients with Clostridium difficile infections increased considerably in Southeastern Germany. A clear seasonality was observed with a higher number of affected patients occurring in the winter months (January–March). Moxifloxacin and erythromycin-resistant C. difficile PCR ribotypes 001 (72%) and 027 (4·6%) were the most commonly isolated strains.
(Accepted November 17 2011)
(Online publication December 08 2011)