Epidemiology and Infection

  • Epidemiology and Infection / Volume 140 / Issue 10 / October 2012, pp 1787-1793
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  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0950268811002627 (About DOI), Published online: 08 December 2011
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Gastroenteritis

Seasonality of Clostridium difficile infections in Southern Germany

M. REILa1, M. P. M. HENSGENSa2, E. J. KUIJPERa2, T. JAKOBIAKa1, H. GRUBERa1, M. KISTa3 and S. BORGMANNa1a4 c1

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

SUMMARY

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)

Correspondence:

c1 Author for correspondence: Dr S. Borgmann, Department of Infectious Diseases and Infection Control, Klinikum Ingolstadt, Krumenauerstr. 25, D-85049 Ingolstadt, Germany. (Email: Synlab@gmx.de)

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