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Colonies of Clostridium difficile grown anaerobically in plate culture – image by Dr Emma Meader

Is food a possible route of Clostridium difficile infection?

A recent article published by IFR’s Emeritus Fellow Dr Barbara Lund and Professor Mike Peck in the journal “Foodborne Pathogens and Disease” reviews the question whether food may be a route of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). C. difficile is a major cause of illness in patients in hospitals and healthcare settings and also occurs in […]

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Battling bacteria with viruses

Clostridium difficile is a Gram positive bacterium found in both human and animal guts and in the environment. Although it can be present in humans without causing disease, the disruption of the natural gut microbiota by antibiotic treatment can allow C. difficile to overgrow. High levels of the bacterium can lead to toxin production and […]

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Fighting bacteria – with viruses

Research has revealed how viruses called bacteriophages destroy the bacterium Clostridium difficile, which is becoming a serious problem in hospitals and healthcare institutes, due to its resistance to antibiotics. More:  

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