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Volume 13, Number 3—March 2007

Dispatch

Clostridium difficile–associated Disease in New Jersey Hospitals, 2000–20041

Esther T. Tan*†2Comments to Author , Corwin A. Robertson*, Shereen Brynildsen*, Eddy Bresnitz*, Christina Tan*, and Clifford McDonald†
Author affiliations: *New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton, New Jersey, USA; †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA;

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Table 2

Clostridium difficile surveillance activities conducted by hospitals, New Jersey, 2000–2004

Surveillance activitiesNo. (%) hospitals
Monitors C. difficile–positive laboratory results55 (95)
Makes a distinction between community- and healthcare-acquired C. difficile cases44 (76)
Uses a standard C. difficile case definition for surveillance35 (60)
Monitors clinical outcome of patients with C. difficile infection28 (48)
Physicians notify infection-control professional of C. difficile diagnoses18 (31)

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1Presented in part at the 16th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Chicago, Illinois, USA, March 20, 2006.

2Current affiliation: United Nations, New York, New York, USA

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