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Is c diff only contagious through contact with infected stools?

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Dr. Bradford Romans
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No.The spores are: very fastidious and can exist on all kinds of surfaces .This is one reason why it is so contagious.

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How long is c diff contagious?

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Dr. Daniel Zandman
Gastroenterology 14 years experience
Good question: Hard to say. We don't routinely test patients with c diff to confirm eradication after treatment, because they can still be asymptomatic carriers (test positive but feeling well). So are they contagious? Probably not. The vast majority of people exposed to someone with prior c diff don't get sick. But exposure to active c diff could lead to colonization, or even infection if on antibiotics.
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Is c. diff contagious through airborne?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Definitely not: C. diff is a disease transmitted by the 'fecal-oral' route, which sounds disgusting because it is. Spores from another patient can contaminate the environment that someone might have visited earlier (like a shared bathroom in a 2 bed room in a hospital). Once those are ingested, under certain conditions (antibiotic use mostly), the spores can germinate and cause infection. C. diff can be bad news.

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