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Pseudo‐Outbreak of Clostridium sordellii Infection following Probable Cross‐Contamination in a Hospital Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

David M. Aronoff , MD, Tennille Thelen , BSc, Seth T. Walk , PhD, Kathleen Petersen , MS, Julia Jackson , MA, Sylvia Grossman , MT(ASCP), James Rudrik , PhD, Duane W. Newton , PhD and Carol E. Chenoweth , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 31, No. 6 (June 2010), pp. 640-642
DOI: 10.1086/652774
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/652774
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Pseudo‐Outbreak of Clostridium sordellii Infection following Probable Cross‐Contamination in a Hospital Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
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Abstract

We report a pseudo‐outbreak of infection caused by Clostridium sordellii, an uncommon human pathogen. The pseudo‐outbreak involved 6 patients and was temporally associated with a change by the clinical microbiology laboratory in the protocol of handling anaerobic culture specimens. All isolates were genetically indistinguishable from a laboratory reference strain used for quality control.

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