Clostridium difficile infections (CDI)
Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that causes mild to severe diarrhea and intestinal conditions like inflammation of the colon. It is the most frequent cause of hospital acquired diarrhea.
Clostridium difficile spores persist for a long time in the environment. Transmission due to contaminated environmental sources and poor hand hygiene practices contribute to its spread within health care institutions. Public Health Ontario provides testing and a range of resources and services for the surveillance, prevention and control of Clostridium difficile infections.