Clostridium difficile (C difficile)

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Learn what Clostridium difficile is, the symptoms of an infection and how it is spread. The best way to stop the spread of C. difficile is by handwashing.

Key points

  • C. difficile is a kind of bacteria found in the bowels.
  • Symptoms of a C. difficile infection include diarrhea, fever and nausea.
  • People who are taking antibiotics are more at risk for a C. difficile infection.
  • C. difficile infections can be mild or serious.
  • Washing hands often and well is the best way to prevent C. difficile infections.
Last updated: November 6th 2009