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[News from the Scientific Literature] Increasing Incidence of Clostridium difficile-associated Disease, Singapore
Date: 2008-12-17   Read: 102492

Increasing Incidence of Clostridium difficile-associated Disease, Singapore

Lim PL et al., EID 2008 Sep;14(9):1487-9

Summary (Summarized from the article) 

Clostridium difficile–associated disease (CDAD) has increased in incidence across North America and Europe, while less information is available regarding CDAD epidemiology in Asia. In this study, the incidence of C. difficile among hospitalized patients in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, a 1,200-bed, acute-care general hospital that serves an urban population of 4 millionin, in Singapore from 2001 through 2006 was examined. This study documents a 4-fold rise in CDAD incidence among hospitalized patients in Singapore from 2001 through 2006. The current incidence, 6.64 per 10,000 patient-days, is comparable to that reported by large hospitals in Canada. CDAD in Asia is an emerging challenge that needs to be recognized. Its control will ultimately depend on priority being given to epidemiologic surveillance, infection control, and stewardship of antimicrobial agents.


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