The gastro pathogen growing on your lawn

New lawns could be an important source of toxigenic C.difficile, according to one of Australia’s leading experts on the infection.

Microbiologist Professor Tom Riley and colleagues suggest that people and dogs are probably tramping C.diff spores into homes.

The researchers from the University of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University have demonstrated in a study of public lawns in Perth that 60% harbour C. difficile and the single most common ribotype is 014/020, the same subtype as found in most diarrheic patients.

The researchers note that 014/020 is also the

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