MICROBE OF THE MONTH: Clostridium perfringens

August 2004 
Volume 34  Number 8
Pages 31 - 31
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    Type of microbe: Gram-positive, rod-shaped, anaerobic bacteria

    Figure. No caption available. Infections caused: Clostridium perfringens food poisoning, usually caused by contam inated meat, may cause mild to acute gastroenteritis. The bacteria, which thrive in anaerobic conditions, may also infect wounds after surgery or trauma, causing infections and abscesses. They may also be implicated in diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, biliary tract and genital tract infections, and, rarely, gas gangrene (myonecrosis).

    Signs and symptoms: Patients with C. perfringens food poisoning may experience mild to acute gastroenteritis 8 to 22 hours after eating contaminated food. Watery diarrhea and intense abdominal cramps are the most common symptoms. The illness is usually self-limiting. Wounds infected with C. perfringens may be painful and inflamed. Gas gangrene is characterized by sudden onset of pain and swelling, foul ...

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