An increase in Clostridium difficile infection incidence has been observed among hospitalized children in the United States. The present statement, targeted at clinicians caring for infants and children in community and institutional settings, summarizes the relevant information relating to the role of C difficile in childhood diarrhea and provides recommendations for diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Significant differences between adult and paediatric risk factors and disease are discussed, along with emerging therapies.
7 June 2013
A rise in the number of people who contract infections while in hospital has prompted a review as NHS managers say they are improving ward cleaning.
Experts were called after an outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C.diff) at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Denbighshire earlier this year.
A report found the average number of new cases up from three a week in 2012 to eight a week in March and April.
The study called for a review of infection control arrangements.
CBC News Posted: May 10, 2013 2:32 PM ET
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital is treating a number of patients who have contracted C. difficile.
"We are experiencing higher than expected numbers on the hospital’s seventh floor due to patients being admitted with the infection from other facilities and the community," the statement says.
Less than five C. difficile cases have been confirmed.
By Katie Moisse Jan 2, 2012 8:00am
Flushing the toilet with the lid up can spray diarrhea-causing bacteria into the air, according to a new study of hospital toilets.
CARLY WEEKS, The Globe and Mail, Published Thursday, Jul. 05 2012, 12:01 AM EDT
A new defence against Clostridium difficile, a deadly superbug that kills hundreds and sickens thousands every year, is coming to Canada.
Optimer Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. will announce Thursday it has received Health Canada approval to market fidaxomicin, sold under the brand name Dificid, to treat C. difficile infections in adults.
Updated 3/22/2010, By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY
There's good and bad news on the "superbug" front. In community hospitals in the Southeast, an easily spread bacterium appears to have overtaken the widely feared MRSA as the most common hospital-acquired infection. But a pilot project in Ohio found that pushing hard on simple things such as hand washing and thorough cleaning can lower rates of that bug significantly.
By Laura Ungar, Special to The Washington Post, Tuesday, August 24, 2010As intravenous antibiotics dripped into his arm, David Carmody seemed to be recovering nicely from a bad bladder infection. But then out of the blue things got worse as he lay in bed at a rehabilitation center: He felt weaker and began suffering uncontrollable diarrhea.
Mar. 30, 2010
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is the one of the leading pathogens causing hospital-acquired infection in the United States. It may cause diarrhea, colitis, sepsis and lead to prolonged hospitalization and death. Mayo Clinic researchers say they've found a way to reduce the acquisition of this infection and drop its frequency to a fraction of what it had been.
By Charlie Fidelman, GAZETTE Health Reporter November 7, 2012
A sensitive diagnostic test implemented last year at the Royal Victoria Hospital is showing consistently higher rates of detection for a potentially fatal superbug than a test currently used at most Montreal hospitals, officials said Wednesday.
By Peter Eisler, USA TODAY - Updated 8/16/2012 1:34 PM
Just days after doctors successfully removed a tumor from Bailey Quishenberry's brain, the 14-year-old was spiraling downhill, delirious and writhing in pain from an entirely new menace.
Her abdomen swollen 10 times its normal size and her fever skyrocketing, Bailey began wishing she could die, just to escape the agony.
OPB | March 06, 2012 7:25 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:02 a.m. | Portland, OR
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked health officials Tuesday to take more precautions against a type of stubborn infection they've found in a wide variety of medical facilities.
Kristian Foden-Vencil looks at what's happening in Oregon.
C. difficile infections occur when someone is taking antibiotics.
The antibiotics destroy the good bacteria that usually protect patients, leaving C. difficile bacteria to take over.
One unit at the hospital affected by virus
John Streit February 9, 2012 2:35 am
SURREY(NEWS1130)- Infection control measures are being taken in Surrey Memorial Hospital after an outbreak of the Norwalk virus.
Kathleen Butler with the Fraser Health Authority says one unit is being sterilized and health care workers are quarantining any patients that have the disease.
Published: 4/14/2011 2:01 pm - Updated: 4/14/2011 10:51 pm
The Department of Health has now received a total of 42 reports of illness and are investigating into each case.
CBC News - Posted: Dec 11, 2012 7:52 PM CST - Last Updated: Dec 11, 2012 10:11 PM CST
The outbreak was first noticed on Friday and two units of the hospital were made off-limits to visitors.
It was hoped the spread of the virus would be contained, however, on Tuesday additional cases were found.
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 7:40AM ESTLONDON, Ont. - For the second time in less than a week, officials at the London Health Sciences Centre are dealing with an outbreak.
University Hospital and the Middlesex London Health Unit are reporting an outbreak of Norwalk virus on a unit on the 4th floor.
CBC News Online | October 18, 2006
What is it?
Easily spread virus that is an extremely common cause of food-borne illness. The best known of the norovirus group, it affects the human gastrointestinal system.
Acute diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, headache and low-grade fever. Symptoms usually show up 10 to 60 hours after exposure and last up to two days, but can persist for several weeks.
Sunday, February 05, 2012 - Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - February 5, 2012 (WPVI) -- A stomach virus has stricken people on a third U.S. cruise ship, with a vessel sailing from New Orleans delayed by norovirus.
Port of New Orleans spokesman Chris Bonura said Sunday that Royal Caribbean's "Voyager of the Sea" left a couple of hours late on Saturday because of the illnesses.
What Is the Norwalk Virus and How Can You Lessen Your Chances of Getting It?
By Linda Garrison, About.com Guide
Postmedia News | 12/01/15 | Last Updated: 12/01/15 6:43 PM ET
By Robert Hiltz
Normally, when people walk out of one of Chris Jones’ speeches, he assumes it is because people don’t like what he’s saying.
But when people stared leaving in the middle of the Esquire magazine writer’s keynote address at a student journalism conference Saturday in Victoria, it was a sign of something much, much worse.
Severe gastrointestinal discomfort, to be delicate.
By Lolita Lopez and Samantha Tata, NBCLosAngeles.com
Nearly a third of the students at Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park, Calif., have missed class since last Thursday as a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus makes its way around the school.
Parent Melinda Pittler carries a bottle of waterless hand sanitizer with her wherever she goes. She and other parents at the Oak Park school started carrying the germ-killing liquid since the norovirus began spreading through the school last week.
Posted: January 31, 2012
Chapel Hill, N.C. — Health departments across North Carolina have reported norovirus outbreaks in recent weeks, prompting state public health officials to issue an alert Tuesday.
The state Division of Public Health doesn't track norovirus, so officials don't have specific numbers of people sickened by the gastro-intestinal bugs. They said, however, that eight counties have reported outbreaks, including Wake, Orange, Alamance and Pitt.
Wednesday December 5 2012
Many newspapers are reporting on the Health Protection Agency’s latest figures on the ongoing outbreak of norovirus – the so-called winter vomiting disease. The data suggest that cases of the virus, which are usually highest after Christmas, are high for this time of year.
JEREMY LAURANCE - Friday 28 December 2012
More than one million people have been infected with norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, according to latest figures.
Monday 02 January 2012
With the latest figures suggesting that up to 1.12 million people could be affected by an outbreak of norovirus in the UK, Channel 4 News looks at the virus and why it is so contagious.
What are the symptoms of norovirus?
Noroviruses are the most common cause of stomach bugs, or gastroenteritis, in the UK.
EIGHT wards at Warwick Hospital are closed to visitors due to another outbreak of the contagious illness, norovirus.
The Victoria, Malins, Castle, Nicholas, Charlecote, Guy, Mary and Squire wards are not permitting any visitors, except for in circumstances where the ward manager allows it on the compassionate grounds that the patient is seriously ill. Any visitors who think they fall into this category should call the ward manager to discuss this.
CBC News Posted: Feb 5, 2012 2:42 PM ET - Last Updated: Feb 5, 2012 7:19 PM ET
A stomach virus has stricken people on a third American cruise ship.
Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Sea left a couple of hours late on Saturday because of the norovirus outbreak, Port of New Orleans spokesman Chris Bonura said Sunday.
About 200 passengers became ill with the gastrointestinal illness, which causes vomiting and diarrhea. The company did not immediately return a call and email seeking further details.
24 December 2012 Last updated at 18:59 ET"Norovirus is the Ferrari of the virus world," says Professor Ian Goodfellow, a Wellcome Trust fellow, who has been studying the virus for 10 years.
Commonly known as the Winter vomiting bug, it has caused over 3000 confirmed cases of vomiting and diarrhoea since the Summer in England and Wales.
For most people it leads to a mild illness and disappears in 2-3 days with no long-lasting effects.
11 January 2013 Last updated at 04:19 ET
A new strain of norovirus may be the reason for the sharp rise in cases of the vomiting bug this winter.
The Health Protection Agency has done tests which show there is a new variant called Sydney 2012 which has become the dominant strain in England and Wales.
It spreads quickly because people are less immune to it.