Rise in community-acquired C. diff linked to gardens
The great Aussie backyard could be one culprit responsible for rising rates of community-acquired Clostridium difficile infection, a study suggests.
Since the 1990s, an increasing proportion of C. difficile across the world has been reported as community-acquired rather than hospital-acquired, and it’s now estimated to be up to 50%.
To identify potential sources in domestic settings, pathologists tested soil, compost and manure from 23 gardens across 22 suburbs in Perth.
More than two thirds of the samples were positive for