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Clostridium difficile (C.diff)

 

 Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is a spore-forming bacterium that can cause diarrhea and colitis (inflammation of the colon) or more serious conditions such as pseudomembranous colitis. C. diff is most often related to antibiotic use in a healthcare setting.

 

In recent years, C.diff infections (CDIs) have become more severe and difficult to treat and are seen in people without healthcare exposures traditionally associated with CDI, such as hospital stays.

 

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