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11/14/23 Public Health Education Topic: C. diff

C. diff (also known as Clostridioides difficile or C. difficile) is a germ (bacterium) that causes diarrhea and colitis (an inflammation of the colon).

- It’s estimated to cause almost half a million infections in the United States each year.

- About 1 in 6 patients who get C. diff will get it again in the subsequent 2-8 weeks.

- One in 11 people over age 65 diagnosed with a healthcare-associated C. diff infection

die within one month.

Risk Factors for C. diff:

C. diff can affect anyone. Most cases of C. diff occur when you’ve been taking antibiotics or not long after you’ve finished taking antibiotics. There are other risk factors:

  • Being 65 or older.

  • Recent stay at a hospital or nursing home.

  • A weakened immune system, such as people with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or organ. transplant patients taking immunosuppressive drugs.

  • Previous infection with C. diff or known exposure to the germs.

To learn more visit: What is C. diff? | CDC

C. diff Am I At Risk Factsheet:

C. diff Infection Progression Factsheet: Progression of a C. diff infection (



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