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Infectious Diseases

Don't breathe it.   Don't touch it.    Don't come into contact with it.

What is C Diff?


Clostridium difficile [pronounced KloSTRID-ee-um dif-uh-SEEL], also known as “C. diff


C. Diff is a germ that can cause serious illness. Most cases of C. diff infection occur in patients taking antibiotics.


C. diff spores can live outside the human body for a very long time and may be found on things in the environment such as bed linens, bed rails, bathroom fixtures, and medical equipment. C. diff infection can spread from person-to-person on contaminated equipment and on the hands of doctors, nurses, other healthcare providers and visitors

Bloodborne and Airborne Pathogens

OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms present in blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. Workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens are at risk for serious or life-threatening illnesses.

What is MRSA?


MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections.


As with all regular staph infections, recognizing the signs and receiving treatment for MRSA skin infections in the early stages reduces the chances of the infection becoming severe.


MRSA is spread by:


  • Having direct contact with another person’s infection
  • Sharing personal items, such as towels or razors, that have touched infected skin 
  • Touching surfaces or items, such as used bandages, contaminated with MRSA

Airborne diseases are illnesses spread by tiny pathogens in the air.

These can be bacteria, fungi, or viruses, but they are all transmitted through airborne contact.

In most cases, an airborne disease is contracted when someone breathes in infected air.