Rapid CDIATM C. Perfringens kits are intended for the detection of Clostridium perfringens infection.
Clostridium perfringens is an anaerobic, spore-forming and toxin-producing bacterium which can cause intense abdominal cramps, diarrhea and - in rare cases - necrotic enteritis. Most Clostridia cannot grow under aerobic conditions and can even be killed by exposure to O2; however, they form endospores that are able to survive long periods of exposure to air and other adverse environmental conditions. Clostridium perfringens was first implicated as a cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea (AAD) in 1984. Unlike C. difficile infection, C. perfringens AAD does not result in the formation of pseudomembranes. Typically, Clostridium perfringens will grow in foods that are high in starch or protein, such as cooked beans, meat products, thick soups, and gravy.