An earlier blog (July 8 2011) touched on the spread of C. Difficile through Quebec and Ontario. In both jurisdictions once the issue received widespread media attention, reporting and progress of the outbreak has become very quiet. Two factors may have caused this, one is the application of better infection control practices and antimicrobial stewardship may have reduced the actual incidence, second is that politically it is enough of a hot potatoe that keeping it off the front pages has been a priority for public relations folks since early July in Ontario when the last reports were public.
The bottom line is the number of outbreaks of C. difficile would appear to be increasing, which means the number of people infected is likely increasing – finding that data seems impossible. Please send links.