Challenge 2E

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)

Executive summary checklist

Clostridium difficile—or C. diff, for short— is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening swelling of the colon (CDC, 2012). C. diff is a spore-forming, Gram-positive anaerobic bacillus bacteria that produces two exotoxins: toxin A and toxin B (CDC, 2012). Patients can become infected with a clostridium
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