Clostrium difficile: is it a bacterium or a fungus?

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Is C. difficile a bacterial or a fungal infection.?
« Last Edit: 10/05/2012 22:51:16 by chris »

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Re: Bacteria or Fungi ?
« Reply #1 on: 10/05/2012 22:48:49 »
Clostridium difficile is an anaerobic bacterium. However, it has the ability to form highly-resilient infectious spores that are capable of persisting in the environment for extended periods, leading to some people confusing the agent with a fungal infection.

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Re: Clostrium difficile: is it a bacterium or a fungus?
« Reply #2 on: 11/05/2012 03:59:26 »
Another problem with C diff is the spores are not killed by the hand sanitizer used in hospitals, but old fashioned  hand washing is effective.

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Re: Clostrium difficile: is it a bacterium or a fungus?
« Reply #3 on: 14/05/2012 14:39:10 »
So  bacteria can produce spores, Last time i listen to the lecturer and go on my gut instints. Thanks for clearing up my confusion.