Is C Diff contagious?
Is C Diff contagious? It can be very contagious when it results in diahrrea. C Diff is a bacteria carried by many people without it making them ill. It can cause infection when ‘good’ bacteria within the intestine are killed or inhibited by antibiotic treatment for another illness. C Difficile infection will then emerge.
Often the hand picks up c. difficile from a surface that has minute amounts of fecal contamination. The bacteria can then find it’s way into the mouth via touch, food etc. Family and friends of a C Diff sufferer can usually protect themselves by hand washing after contact, before meals and after toilet visits.
Article written by Dave Roberts
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