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Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis. Symptoms include

  • Watery diarrhea (at least three bowel movements per day for two or more days)
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain or tenderness

You might get C. difficile disease if you have an illness that requires prolonged use of antibiotics. Increasingly, the disease can also be spread in the hospital. The elderly are also at risk. Treatment is with antibiotics.

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  1. Clostridium Difficile Infections (National Library of Medicine)  
    Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis. Symptoms include Watery diarrhea ( ...
  2. Clostridium difficile Infection (American Academy of Family Physicians)  
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  3. ClinicalTrials.gov: Clostridium difficile Infections From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
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  6. Diseases and Organisms in Healthcare Settings (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... and fever are the most common symptoms of Clostridium difficile infection. Overuse of antibiotics is the most important risk for getting Clostridium difficile infection. [ Clostridium difficile is also called C. difficile, C. ...
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  8. FAQs about Clostridium Difficile (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - PDF  
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  10. CDC Vital Signs: Making Health Care Safer Antibiotic Rx in Hospitals (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... can also put patients at risk for a Clostridium difficile infection, deadly diarrhea that causes at least 250,000 ... On Other Web Sites Toolkit for Reduction of Clostridium difficile Infections Through Antimicrobial Stewardship CDC Foundation - Your Employees at ...
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