Stool smell test detects superbug infections

It may not be the most fragrant of solutions, but clinicians could soon have another weapon at their disposal in the fight against hospital infections.

UK researchers have come up with an “electronic nose” capable of sniffing out the highly infectious C. Difficile bacterium in a patient’s faeces.

The team from the University of Leicester used a mass spectometer to identify C. Diff’s unique “smell”, leading to an instantaneous diagnosis of infection.

Lead researcher Professor Paul Monks says healthcare facilities across the globe have been struggling to find ways of