Clostridium Difficile Infection

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Definition

Clostridium difficile infection is a contagious disease present among closed spaces such as hospitals. This disease commonly affects the colon causing rectal and gastrointestinal complications.

Diagnosis

The disease can be diagnosed by blood serum tests to find the presence of the bacteria.

Treatment

Antibiotics and multi-drug treatments are given to patients affected by the disease. Proper sanitation and hygiene must also be practiced to prevent the proliferation of the bacteria.

Symptoms and Signs

Patients with the disease show flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills and coughing, as well as headache and weakness. Soon after, they may experience diarrhea that can lead to dehydration.

Causes

The disease is caused by a bacterium named Clostridium difficile. C. difficile thrives in closed communities such as hospitals and can be transmitted through the fingernails, toenails, and tools that were not sterilized. In some cases, the disease is a result of an antibiotic treatment, making it hard to cure.

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