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How can people get infected with Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)?

When a person takes antibiotics, good germs that protect against infection are destroyed for several months. During this time, people getting medical care can get sick from C. difficile if the germ is spread to them from contaminated surfaces, such as sinks, or from healthcare providers' hands.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that C. difficile is not just a problem in hospitals—it is a patient safety issue in all types of medical facilities including hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient facilities. Fortunately, the report also shows that some hospitals are showing success in preventing C. difficile infections.

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