New research on a form of infectious diarrhea commonly known as C. diff.
C. diff infections are not limited to hospitals according to the new report.
In a large study, researchers at Kaiser Permanente found nearly half of C. diff infections were acquired outside the hospital.
About a third were linked to a previous hospitalization.
The study also found most cases are diagnosed in an outpatient setting.
The researchers say it is important for doctors outside the hospital setting to realize that C. diff infections are a possibility.
C. diff is spread by touching contaminated surfaces or through physical contact with someone carrying the germs.
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