U of G, Guelph General Hospital Partner to Fight C. difficile

May 06, 2015

Helping prevent outbreaks of pathogenic Clostridium difficile is the goal of an innovative partnership between the University of Guelph and Guelph General Hospital (GGH).

The collaboration reunites a U of G professor and his former graduate student in combating the toxin-producing bacterium.

Scott Weese, a pathobiology professor in U of G’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) and a leading researcher on C. difficile and infection control, is working on the project with Devon Metcalf, infection prevention and control professional at GGH.

Metcalf worked with Weese as a PhD student and post-doctoral researcher – focusing on C. difficile — and was the OVC Health Care Centre’s infection control practitioner in 2012-2013.

In 2014, she joined GGH, where she sought to learn more about how C. difficile spread in hospitals. A study in the United Kingdom found various strains involved in hospital outbreaks, suggesting that some patients might have brought C. difficile into the facility rather than acquiring it there.

Metcalf contacted Weese about conducting a similar analysis in Guelph.

Read more in the University of Guelph news release.

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