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3. What are the symptoms of a C. difficile infection?

The usual symptoms are diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Blood, mucous or pus may be found in the stools. As soon as a C. difficile infection is suspected, a stool analysis is performed to determine whether the bacteria and its toxin are present. In most cases, patients recover from this infection. More vulnerable individuals may experience complications such as serious intestinal inflammation or dehydration that may be life-threatening.

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