British Columbia Specific Information
Clostridium difficile, also known as C. difficile or C.diff, is a bacteria that live in the intestines of 1-3% of people. C.diff is the most frequent cause of infectious diarrhea in hospitals and health care facilities. For most healthy people, C.diff is not a health risk. Those at greater risk of infection include people taking antibiotics, people with other illnesses, and the elderly. For more information about C.diff, see HealthLinkBC File #114 Clostridium Difficile (C.difficile).