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Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 May;19(5):790-2. doi: 10.3201/eid1905.121062.

Novel molecular type of Clostridium difficile in neonatal pigs, Western Australia.

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The University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia.

Abstract

Clostridium difficile causes neonatal enteritis in piglets; strains of PCR ribotype 078 are most commonly identified. We investigated C. difficile prevalence in piglets in Australia and isolated a novel strain with a unique pathogenicity locus. In a mouse infection model, this strain produced more weight loss than did a ribotype 078 strain.

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Australia; C. difficile; Cdiff; Clostridium difficile; DNA; PCR; animals; bacteria; diarrhea; domestic; enteritis; piglets; pigs; prevalence; ribotyping; sequence analysis; veterinary; zoonoses

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23697508
PMCID:
PMC3647499
DOI:
10.3201/eid1905.121062
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