Clostridium difficile infection - 2016 Data Snapshot

Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) is an anaerobic, spore-forming, gram-positive bacillus typically associated with gastrointestinal disease. Transmission of C. difficile occurs by ingestion of spores either through person-to-person contact, animal-to-person contact or environment-to-person contact.

C. difficile infection (CDI) can cause life-threatening diarrhoea and is the leading healthcare-related gastrointestinal infection in the world, and each year in Australia, there are around 6,000 cases of CDI. CDI is associated with prolonged and unnecessary use of broad-spectrum antimicrobials, hospitalisation, advanced age and underlying morbidity.

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The 2016 Data Snapshot forms part of a series of reports which provide valuable information to support care for patients and inform strategies to improve practice and minimise preventable CDI.

Publication year
2018
Resource type
Publication, report or update