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      Clostridium difficile toxin in asymptomatic neonates

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      The Journal of Pediatrics

      Elsevier BV

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          Clostridium difficile toxin was detected in the feces of 10.5% of normal newborn infants and 55% of neonates in the intensive care unit. None of the normal infants and less than one-third of those in the NICU had any signs of enteric illness. Vaginal delivery and breast-feeding were associated with increased rates of toxin carriage. Although toxin was not detected during antibiotic therapy, it could be found in 85% of infants two weeks or more, and for at least an additional two months, following exposure to antibiotics.

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          Journal
          The Journal of Pediatrics
          The Journal of Pediatrics
          Elsevier BV
          00223476
          March 1982
          March 1982
          : 100
          : 3
          : 431-434
          Article
          7062179
          © 1982

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