Comparison of ChromID C. difficile agar and cycloserine-cefoxitinfructose agar for the recovery of Clostridium difficile

L.V. Boseiwaqa, Niki Foster, S.K. Thean, M.M. Squire, Thomas Riley, Kerry Carson

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Aim: The rapidly changing epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection highlights the need for improved and continuing surveillance involving stool culturing to enable molecular tracking. Culture of C. difficile can be difficult and time consuming. In this report ChromID C. difficile agar (CDIF) was compared to cycloserine-cefoxitin-fructose-eggyolk agar which contained 0.1% sodium taurocholate (TCCFA) as a germinant. Results: All ribotypes of C. difficile tested (n=90) grew well on CDIF within 24 h and most gave characteristic small irregular black colonies with a raised umbonate profile. Counts from standard suspensions of C. difficile at 24 h ( p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-500
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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