One difficult infection

GPs are now on the front line to identify Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), with transmission becoming more common in the community and adding to the burden of hospital-associated disease. Prevention is paramount, experts say, and that includes curbing antibiotic prescription as well as infection control.

At the same time, ongoing vaccine trials by several multi-national pharmaceutical companies may soon offer additional weapons against this bacterium, which every year kills tens of