Volume 15, Number 5–May 2009

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Clostridium difficile in Ready-to-Eat Salads, Scotland

Source of Article: http://www.cdc.gov/eid/content/15/5/817.htm#cit

Marwah M. Bakri, Derek J. Brown, John P. Butcher, and Alistair D. Sutherland Comments to Author
Author affiliations: Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK (M.M. Bakri, J.P. Butcher, A.D. Sutherland); and Scottish Salmonella, Shigella and Clostridium difficile Reference Laboratory, Glasgow (D.J. Brown)

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Abstract
Of 40 ready-to-eat salads, 3 (7.5%) were positive for Clostridium difficile by PCR. Two isolates were PCR ribotype 017 (toxin A–, B+), and 1 was PCR ribotype 001. Isolates were susceptible to vancomycin and metronidazole but variably resistant to other antimicrobial drugs. Ready-to-eat salads may be potential sources for virulent C. difficile.

 

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