Volume 15, Number 5–May 2009
Possible Seasonality of Clostridium difficile
in Retail Meat, Canada
of Article: http://www.cdc.gov/eid/content/15/5/802.htm
Rodriguez-Palacios, Richard J. Reid-Smith, Henry R.
Staempfli, Danielle Daignault, Nicol Janecko, Brent P. Avery, Hayley
Martin, Angela D. Thomspon, L. Clifford McDonald, Brandi Limbago, and J.
Author affiliations: University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada (A.
Rodriguez-Palacios, R.J. Reid-Smith, H.R. Staempfli, N. Janecko, H. Martin,
J.S. Weese); Public Health Agency of Canada, Guelph (R.J. Reid-Smith, B.P.
Avery); Public Health Agency of Canada, Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada (D.
Diagnault); and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta,
Georgia, USA (A.D. Thompson, L.C. McDonald, B. Limbago)
Suggested citation for
We previously reported Clostridium
difficile in 20% of retail meat in Canada, which raised
concerns about potential foodborne transmissibility. Here, we studied the
genetic diversity of C.
difficile in retail meats, using a broad Canadian sampling
infrastructure and 3 culture methods. We found 6.1% prevalence and
indications of possible seasonality (highest prevalence in winter).