If you smell evil but can't spot Satan or the Grim Reaper, then the most likely source is someone infected with C. diff.
Symptoms & Signs
Patients typically present with abdominal cramping and profuse diarrhea. It is not uncommon for them to feel so sick they ask you, "Is it possible for me to sh*t my brains out?"
C. diff may have a distinctive smell and taste, but the gold standard for diagnosis is a stool C. diff toxin. In the event the patient has an atypical presentation with productive sputum, a sputum C. diff toxin can be sent.
Flagyl and probiotics. As for health care professionals, don't forget your gown. Though handwashing with soap and water is ideal, blowing off your hands entirely with state-of-the-art hand dryers is another great alternative.
If someone asks if you'd like to taste their C. diff, respectfully decline. Trust us.