What is C.Difficile?

C. diff is one of the many types of bacteria that can be found in feces (bowel movement).  For most people, C. difficile does not pose a health risk. When C. difficile bacteria grow in the bowel, it produces toxins. These toxins can damage the bowel and cause diarrhea, causing a disease known as Clostridium difficile- associated Disease (CDI). 

C. difficile associated disease (CDI) can sometimes occur when antibiotics are prescribed. Antibiotics work by killing off bacteria – the bad bacteria – but also good bacteria. Without the presence of the typical “good” bowel bacteria, the C. difficile bacteria may start to grow and produce toxins that can cause CDI.


The C. difficile infection rate is calculated as a rate per 1,000 patient days. The “total patient days” represents the sum of the number of days during which services were provided to all inpatients during the given time period.


To access Hospital Acquired C. Difficile Cases and Rates per 1000 Patient Days by hospital site, follow the link below and enter the hospital name:




C.Diff Fact sheet

To learn more about the clostridium difficile, please visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website

Kirkland and District Hospital
145 Government Road East
Kirkland Lake, ON
P2N 3P4

Phone:  (705) 567-5251 
Fax: (705)-568-2102
Email:  administration@kdhospital.com

Englehart and District Hospital
61-5th Street
Englehart, ON
P0J 1H0

Phone: (705)-544-2301
Fax: 705)-544-5222
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