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How to Help Prevent the Spread of C. diff

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To help reduce the spread of C. diff at home, you can use these practical tips

Clostridium difficile, also called C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that causes inflammation of the colon known as colitis. C. diff is a hospital-acquired infection (or HAI) that patients can contract during hospital stays as a result of unclean devices, procedures or environmental landscapes where infections can spread. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 500,000 C. diff infections are estimated per year in the U.S.1

Symptoms of C. diff include watery diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite, nausea and abdominal pain/tenderness.2

After patients with C. diff are discharged, it is important to take steps to help reduce the spread of C. diff at home.2

Tips at Home

  • Wash hands with an antibacterial soap after each visit to the toilet as well as before and after handling food.3
  • Disinfect hard, nonporous surfaces using an EPA-registered disinfectant, such as Clorox® Regular Bleach2, with a focus on the bathroom:
    • Wash and rinse surface with water
    • Mix 1/2 cup of Clorox® Regular Bleach2 in 3/4 gallon of water
    • Wipe area with bleach solution and let solution stand for 10 minutes
    • Rinse well and air dry

1. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2015/p0225-clostridium-difficile.html
2. https://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cdiff/cdiff_infect.html