Mystery surrounds rise in community-acquired C. difficile

Clostridium difficile has cemented its place as a community-acquired infection, with one in four cases surprisingly picked up outside of hospitals, the first national snapshot reveals.

Analysis of more than 12,500 cases found 26% were acquired in the community in 2012 — a “substantial” rise from 2011, researchers reported this week in the Medical Journal of Australia.

The overall incidence