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Dangers of Clostridium perfringens food poisoning in psychiatric patients

Colleen Bamford, Peter Milligan, Sean Kaliski
South African Journal of Psychiatry | Vol 25 | a1339 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v25i0.1339 | © 2019 Colleen Bamford | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 October 2018 | Published: 26 August 2019

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Colleen Bamford, Medical Microbiologist, Pathcare, East London, South Africa; and, National Health Laboratory Service, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa; and, Division of Medical Microbiology, Department of Pathology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Peter Milligan, Department of Psychiatry, Ngwelezana Hospital, Empangeni, South Africa; and, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Sean Kaliski, Forensic Mental Health Service, Valkenberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Afria; and, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa


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Abstract

Clostridium perfringens food poisoning can be fatal in patients with chronic constipation. We report the investigation and management of a probable outbreak of C. perfringens food poisoning among psychiatric patients in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2013.

Keywords

Clostridium perfringens; Food poisoning; Psychiatric patients; Fatal; Gastric hypomotility; Clozapine

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