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C.diff on the rise, local doctor gives advice on prevention

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Clostridium difficile, or C.diff, has more than doubled in Illinois over the last ten years.

The Illinois Hospital Report Card released the information last week. Most cases of C.diff are associated with antibiotic use. Symptoms, including diarrhea and abdominal pain, can appear shortly after taking antibiotics, or even up to two months later.

"Maybe you had an upper respiratory tract infection, or a urinary tract infection, or something like that, get treated with antibiotics, and then the patient can either have the organism in their gut, or acquire it and then start developing the symptoms after," OSF Infection Control Epidemiologist Larry Brown says.

According to Brown, washing your hands frequently is the best way to prevent C.diff.

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