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What is Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)?
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium that is
related to the bacteria that cause tetanus and botulism. The
C. difficile bacterium has two
forms, an active, infectious form that cannot survive in the environment for
prolonged periods, and a nonactive, "noninfectious" form, called a spore, that
can survive in the environment for prolonged periods. Although spores cannot
cause infection directly, when they are ingested they transform into the active,
C. difficile spores are found frequently in:
care facilities, and
nurseries for newborn infants.
They can be found on:
infants' rooms, and
They even can be carried by
pets. Thus, these environments are a ready source for infection with C.