Global epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection in 2010

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010 Nov;31 Suppl 1:S32-4. doi: 10.1086/655998.


The past decade has been characterized by an epidemic of Clostridium difficile infection in North America and Europe that threatens to extend to the rest of the world. The epidemic is due in part to the emergence of a previously rare and now more lethal C. difficile strain variously named group BI, ribotype 027, and North American pulsed‐field gel electrophoresis type 1.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Clostridioides difficile / classification
  • Clostridioides difficile / isolation & purification*
  • Enterocolitis, Pseudomembranous / epidemiology*
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • North America / epidemiology
  • Population Surveillance*