Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a bacteria that causes severe diarrhea. People are usually infected after taking antibiotics for other infections. While antibiotics can help fight off bad bacteria, they can also kill good bacteria. When this happens, C. diff can grow and cause diarrhea, colitis and, on occasion, life-threatening infection. Antibiotics cure some C. diff infections, but they don’t always work.
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