In this video, John Hanlin, Ph.D., Ecolab vice president of Food Safety and Public Health, explains the importance of monitoring and prevention of Clostridium difficile, commonly referred to as C. difficile or C. diff.

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis. It is the most frequently identified cause of hospital-acquired diarrheal infection. The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with state health departments estimate that C. difficile causes almost half a million illnesses each year in the U.S. resulting in 29,300 deaths. About one quarter of these illnesses occurred in hospital settings. Nursing homes and outpatient healthcare settings were also cited as significant sources of C. difficile infection.