About Clostridium difficile Infection
With about 29,000 patient deaths a year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has termed Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) infection an urgent public health threat. Although estimates vary, there are between 500,000 and 700,00 cases of C. diff. infection in the U.S.
- Antibiotic use
- Older age (> 65 years)
- Exposure to health care facilities
- Severe underlying disease
- Compromised immune response