Prevalence and risk factors associated with Clostridium difficile shedding in veal calves in Italy.

@article{Magistrali2015PrevalenceAR,
  title={Prevalence and risk factors associated with Clostridium difficile shedding in veal calves in Italy.},
  author={Chiara Francesca Magistrali and Carmen Maresca and Lucilla Cucco and Luca Bano and Ilenia Drigo and Giovanni Filippini and Annalisa Dettori and Sayra Broccatelli and Giovanni Pezzotti},
  journal={Anaerobe},
  year={2015},
  volume={33},
  pages={42-7}
}
The aim of this study is to describe the prevalence and risk factors of Clostridium difficile shedding in six farms belonging to two companies in Northern Italy. Four hundred and twenty veal calves, randomly selected and individually identified, were sampled three times: at 0-16, 90-120, and 150 days after introduction. C. difficile was isolated at least once from 87 out of the 420 calves (20.7%). The prevalence of shedding was 20.24% at the first sampling and dropped to 0.72% at the second… CONTINUE READING