Clostridium difficile [pronounced Klo-STRID-ee-um dif-uh-SEEL] infection (CDI) or C. Diff is a germ that can cause diarrhea. Most cases of CDI are in patients taking antibiotics.
Symptoms of CDI are watery stools, fever, loss of appetite, nausea and belly pain.
CDI may cause illness, death, increased hospital cost, and more days in the hospital.
CDI can be prevented by:
The Iowa Department of Public Health staff together with the HAI Prevention Steering Committee has created and maintains this website to inform Iowans of the ways the HAIs are prevented. Our goal is to reach out to healthcare provider and the public with accurate and current information in order to increase public confidence and lower CDI infection rates.
For more information on HAI's: