Outbreak of necrotising enterocolitis caused by Clostridium butyricum.

@article{Howard1977OutbreakON,
  title={Outbreak of necrotising enterocolitis caused by Clostridium butyricum.},
  author={Frances Howard and D. Mickey Flynn and Julia Moon Bradley and Paul L Noone and M V Szawatkowski},
  journal={Lancet},
  year={1977},
  volume={2 8048},
  pages={1099-1102}
}
12 hospital-born babies had necrotising enterocolitis, of varying severity, within six weeks, 5 of them within ten days. The usually described predisposing causes were absent in most, though no baby was exclusively breast -fed. Evidence of the presence of Clostridium butyricum was found in the blood of 9 out of 10 babies examined. Cl. butyricum is probably a primary, not a secondary invader.