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Clostridioides difficile

What is Clostridioides difficile?

Clostridioides difficile, formerly known as Clostridium difficile, is an organism that causes life-threatening diarrhea and inflammation of the colon, known as pseudomembranous colitis. The primary risk factor for C. difficile is overuse of antibiotics. Those who have been recently hospitalized, are in a nursing home, are 65 years or older, or have a weakened immune system are also at increased risk. Clostridioides difficile is found in stool and is spread by hands and surfaces contaminated with infected stool.

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