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Obesity May Increase Risk of Clostridium Difficile Infection

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Researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have identified obesity as a possible risk factor for clostridium difficile infection (CDI). These findings, which appear online in Emerging Infectious Diseases, may contribute to improved clinical surveillance of those at highest risk of disease.

CDI is a bacterial infection of the gut which has traditionally been described as a healthcare associated infection. CDIs have a profound economic impact on the healthcare system with estimated costs ranging from $496 million to more than $1 billion and are leading cause of infectious diarrhea in hospitalized patients.

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