Symptoms And Treatment Of Clostridium Difficile Essay

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Clostridium difficile
BIS 222-001
Lillian Armoush (Introduction, Causal agent, and Epidemiology)
Katelyn Ryan (Transmission, Clinical features, and Diagnosis)
Jeremy Vasquez (Treatment, Prognosis, Control measures, and Conclusion)

Introduction
Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a type of bacterium that can cause a person to endure diarrhea like symptoms to more drastic symptoms that may involve inflammation of the colon. Most people who come across C. diff are expected to be in a hospital setting for an extensive period of time. It is more accessible to acquire C. diff when a person is of old age, in a hospital setting, and taking antibiotic medication (Mayo Clinic, 2016). Normally, one would think that taking antibiotics would not cause any harm to the body, but would instead help the body fight off diseases. However, once a person who has been taking antibiotics for a long period of time stops taking them, such as in a nursing home or hospital setting, that person can develop some reactions in the absence of those antibiotics (Bartlett, 2012). This reaction, then allows the person to experience diarrhea symptoms, which lead to inflammation of the colon and more drastic colon problems.
This paper will mainly explain what Clostridium difficile is, its causal agent, epidemiology, ways of transmission, some clinical features, diagnoses and how to test for the bacterium, treatment, prognosis, and preventative measures. There are treatments available for this
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