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Published on Mar 28, 2019
Clostridioides difficile is a motile bacterium with flagella. It is a large bacillus ranging in size from 5 to 10μm and this bacteria inhabits naturally in the intestine of humans and animals. As the same as other enteric bacteria, it was required to photograph this bacteria in anaerobic environment since it cannot survive under the presence of oxygen. This bacteria divide once every 3 seconds in this video (every 45 min in real-time). In recent years, it has come to draw attention as a pathogen that spreads in hospital and causes C. difficile associated diarrhea (CDAD).
C. difficile is further an anaerobic bacterium and its species name “difficile” comes from its difficulty to isolate and cultivate. In 2016, this anaerobic bacterium has been reclassified and officially renamed from Clostridium difficile to Clostridioides difficile.