Clostridium difficile: A "difficult" human pathogenic bacterium
Clostridium difficile is the leading
cause of nosocomial- acquired diarrhea in the United States. This tiny organism can cause Clostridium difficile-associated disease (CDAD); symptoms range from diarrhea to colitis to even death. In recent years, CDAD prevalence has been steadily climbing, due to the bacterium's increasing virulence and ability to cause disease.
Before you learn how C. difficile causes disease and why it is so successful in causing disease, you should check out how C. difficile is classified amongst all forms of life.
Do you like learning about pathogenic bacteria? If so, check out these other
pathogenic bacteria webpages!
Neisseria meningitidis---bacterial meningitis
Bacillus anthracis--- Anthrax
Legionella pneumophila ---Legionnaire's Disease
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To learn about organisms other than pathogenic bacteria, click http://multipleorganisms.net