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Infectious Diseases

Chlostridium perfergenes

03/10/2006

Question:

We are looking for expert advise on what this infection is and how one contracts it and how it is treated?

Answer:

Clostridium bacteria are found in soil, in stool, and in the intestines of healthy people and of animals. Anyone can get Clostridium food poisoning. It is most common when food has been cooked in large quantities and then held for too long at room temperature or on a steam table. Clostridium is commonly seen at schools, camps, banquets, and buffets. The most commonly infected foods are meat, poultry, gravies, casseroles, stews, burritos, and other pre-cooked foods. The hallmark of Clostridium food poisoning is sudden, watery diarrhea accompanied by abdominal pain that may range from mild to severe.

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Response by:

Pamposh   Kaul, MD Pamposh Kaul, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati