Three weeks away for C. diff?
March 26, 2014 8:01 PM Subscribe
YANMD, but MD says that positive for C. difficile
means staying isolated for at least three weeks. Is this the usual precaution?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (11 answers total)
I am a relatively healthy 30-odd-year-old person, but somehow a mild case of C. diff happened. So I'm on the antibiotics and (hopefully) the road to recovery. However, my GP says that I'm to stay away from the office and other gatherings until tests come up negative, which takes at least three weeks assuming no difficulties. That's sensible enough—C. diff is extremely contagious. Nevertheless, the murky depths of the web turn up some sources suggesting that once you're asymptomatic, there is not as strong a requirement for such strict quarantine.
Please know that I have absolutely no interest in cutting corners and putting my co-workers at risk. I appreciate that some of them could have conditions that make them sensitive to C. diff infection, although I have no reason to suspect my workplace is different from any other. I am hoping for insight into the current standard of care, which I will then discuss with my doctor before taking any further action.