Genetically diverse Clostridium difficile strains harboring abundant prophages in an estuarine environment.

  title={Genetically diverse Clostridium difficile strains harboring abundant prophages in an estuarine environment.},
  author={Katherine R Hargreaves and Hugh Colvin and Krusha V Patel and J J P Clokie and Martha R. J. Clokie},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  volume={79 20},
Clostridium difficile is the leading cause of antibiotic-associated diarrheal disease in health care settings across the world. Despite its pathogenic capacity, it can be carried asymptomatically and has been found in terrestrial and marine ecosystems outside hospital environments. Little is known about these environmental strains, and few studies have been conducted on estuarine systems. Although prophage abundance and diversity are known to occur within clinical strains, prophage carriage… CONTINUE READING
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