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Clostridium Perfringens

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Epidemiology

A predominantly foodborne pathogen which originates in the bowels of many animals. The bacterium forms toxin-producing spores which, when ingested in large quantities, can induce illness. Meat, meat products and gravies that have been incorrectly cooled or reheated are often associated with illness.

Main clinical features

Watery diarrhoea and colicky abdominal pain, lasting 3 to 5 days.

Incubation period

Usually between 18 - 36 hours.

Surveillance

Voluntary laboratory reports and surveillance of general outbreaks of infectious intestinal disease.

Annual Surveillance Tables

Last reviewed: 04 June 2009