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Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) Infection

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The bacterium Clostridioides difficile is the most common cause of healthcare-associated infectious diarrhoea. There’s one key factor increasing the risk of CDI: misuse and overuse of antimicrobials. So, how can this be combatted?

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Clostridioides difficile, also known as C. difficile or C. diff, is an anaerobic, gram-positive, spore-forming bacterium. Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) occurs when the microbial flora in the large intestine is altered through the use of antibiotics. This change allows the C. diff to multiply and produce toxins, leading to gastrointestinal symptoms.

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Sarah Marlow
10 May 2022
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Succinct article outlining key factors surrounding both treatment and causes.
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Jodie Peasley
19 May 2022
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Informative
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Catriona Bantick
24 Apr 2022
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good reading
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Danielle Leckning
27 Apr 2022
Easy to follow great resource
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Deborah Maclaren
12 May 2022
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Good resource with straight to the point information
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Abigail Orr
29 Apr 2022
Gives a nice basic understanding of C. Diff. Great resource for those who know a little or a lot about C.Diff.
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Jaimi-lee Cummings
11 May 2022
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Easy to read and informative.
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29 Apr 2022
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Great reading very informative
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