During an 18-month period, 1606 stool specimens from laboratory-confirmed cases of . Clostridium difficile infection in the North East of England were ribotyped using unrestricted polymerase chain reaction. Of these, 87.6% grew . C. difficile on culture; 70% had one of 10 recognizable ribotypes of which 001, 106 and 027 were the most prevalent. The proportions of ribotypes 002 and 015 declined during the study period, whereas ribotypes 016 and 023 increased. Ribotype 005 was significantly more numerous in males and ribotype 027 was associated with significantly higher mean age. Our findings differ from national data derived from more selective testing.
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- Clostridium difficile infection