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Habitat of Clostridium perfringens
- Clostridium perfringens are isolated from fecal specimens from human and animals.
- They are an inhabitant of human normal intestinal flora.
- They are present in nature and can be found as a normal component of decaying vegetation, marine sediments and soil.
- Beef, poultry, gravies and dried or pre-cooked foods are common sources of Clostridium perfringens infections.
- Also found in raw meat and poultry.
- Encountered in improperly sterilized (canned) foods in which endospores have germinated.