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Is there an incubation period for C. difficile?

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Clostridium difficile has a median incubation period of three days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that attacks good microorganisms in the stomach and intestines.

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Most patients are diagnosed with Clostridium difficile after taking high doses of antibiotics, often while in a health care setting such as a hospital or nursing home, reports WebMD. The antibiotics kill good microorganisms in the digestive system, which fight Clostridium difficile.

Because Clostridium difficile lives on dry surfaces for long periods of time, hospitals and other health care facilities treating patients with this infection use extreme caution to ensure it does not spread to others, WebMD explains.

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