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Lab M’s Brazier CCEY agar isolates and differentiates C. difficile

LABM JOB 293_Image.jpgClostridium difficile remains an extremely important cause of healthcare associated infection (HAI) and its isolation and identification are critical in monitoring and responding to cases of infection. For this purpose, Lab M's range of culture media for anaerobic organisms includes Brazier CCEY Agar.  

Brazier CCEY Agar is the formulation used by the Anaerobe Reference Laboratory for the isolation of C. difficile. Based on the market leading anaerobe medium Fastidious Anaerobe Agar, it incorporates additional ingredients to improve the isolation and differentiation of C. difficile from clinical specimens.  

Present in the gut of a small percent of healthy adults and a larger proportion of children,C. difficile is usually kept in check by the normal bacterial population. However, disturbance of the gut flora, through the use of certain antibiotics for example, can result in rapid multiplication and toxin production by C. difficile, leading to illness. When transmitted to vulnerable patients it produces symptoms of varying severity from diarrhoea to severe inflammation of the bowel, which can be life-threatening.  

Lab M supplies dehydrated culture media and supplements from its ISO accredited facility in Bury, Greater Manchester at 24 hours notice when required. Please contact customer service on 0161 797 5729 for further information. 

Further information on Lab M's full range of culture media for anaerobic organisms can be found at: www.labm.com 


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