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Xpert® C. difficile/Epi

45-minute detection & differentiation of Clostridium difficile & the Epidemic 027 strain

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Xpert® C. difficile/Epi — Identify. Differentiate. Prevent.

The epidemic strain of Clostridium difficile (027/NAP1/BI) is known to produce a significantly higher number of C. difficile spores and toxins. The epidemic strain has also been identified as a cause of hospital outbreaks worldwide. Healthcare professionals can now be informed on the epidemic C. difficile strain and make appropriate infection control decisions.

The Need


Numerous outbreaks caused by the epidemic strain of C. difficile (027/NAP1/BI strain) highlight the need for rapid and accurate differentiation of C. difficile 027/NAP1/BI strains in order to stay ahead of an outbreak.

  • Higher risk of cross contamination with 027/NAP1/BI strain due to more efficient sporulation1,2,3
  • 027/NAP1/BI strain has been identified as a cause of outbreaks around the world4,5,6,7,8
  • Incremental costs due to C. difficile infection can be as high as $7,1799 per patient

(1) Akerlund et al., Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 2008, p. 1530–1533;
(2) Warny et al., Lancet 2005; 366: 1079–84;
(3) Bartlett. Ann Intern Med. 2006;145:758-764;
(4) Kalle et al., Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2009; 30:264-272;
(5) Kuijer et al., Eurosurveillance Vol 12, Issues 3–6, Apr–Jun 2007;
(6) Muto et al., Clinical Infectious Diseases 2007; 45:1266–73;
(7) McDonald et al., New England Journal of Medicine 2005;353:2433-41;
(8) Loo et al., New England Journal of Medicine 2005;353:2442-9;
(9) Jarvis et al., American Journal of Infection Control, 2009;37:263-70

The Solution


Xpert C. difficile/Epi is the first commercially available test in the world to detect and differentiate the epidemic strain of C. difficile (027/NAP1/BI). With rapid and accurate identification of epidemic strain, Infection Control professional can stay ahead of potential outbreak situation.

  • Innovative multiplex design enables detection of C. difficile Infection (CDI) and 027/NAP1/BI strain call-out in a single cartridge
  • On-Demand testing of samples from suspected CDI patients provides
  • On-Demand epidemiological surveillance data clinicians can act on Monitoring and reporting of the epidemic strain enables clinicians to improve infection control efforts

Cepheid's Xpert C. difficile/Epi test provides on-demand results you can trust and empowers your clinical team to better manage patients.

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Xpert® C. difficile/Epi

Number of Tests: 10

Catalog #: GXCDIFF/EPI-10

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