Clostridium difficile in Ready-to-Eat Salads, Scotland
Published Date:May 2009
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 15(5):817-818.
Drug Resistance, Bacterial
Microbial Sensitivity Tests
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Description: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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