Diarrhea and abdominal cramps (not fever or vomiting)
Duration of Illness
24 hours or less
In severe cases, symptoms may last for 1-2 weeks.
Who’s at Risk?
Infants and young children
What Do I Do?
Drink plenty of fluids and get rest. If you cannot drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration, call your doctor.
How Do I Prevent It?
Thoroughly cook foods, particularly meat, poultry, and gravies, to a safe internal temperature.
Use a food thermometer
Keep food hot after cooking (at 140˚ F or above)
Microwave reheated food thoroughly (to 165˚F or above)
Refrigerate perishable foods within two hours (at 40˚F or below)
Divide leftovers into shallow containers and refrigerate immediately. Do not let them cool on the counter.
Clostridium perfringens (CDC)
General information on diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and more.
Clostridium perfringens (FDA)
From the Bad Bug Book; provides basic facts, including associated foods, frequency of disease, complications, and target populations.