Clostridium difficile in retail ground meat, Canada.

Research paper by Alexander A Rodriguez-Palacios, Henry R HR Staempfli, Todd T Duffield, J Scott JS Weese

Indexed on: 08 Jun '07Published on: 08 Jun '07Published in: Emerging infectious diseases


Clostridium difficile was isolated from 12 (20%) of 60 retail ground meat samples purchased over a 10-month period in 2005 in Canada. Eleven isolates were toxigenic, and 8 (67%) were classified as toxinotype III. The human health implications of this finding are unclear, but with the virulence of toxinotype III strains further studies are required.