Table 1

Prevalence of C. difficile from feces in Australian sheep and lambs

StateNo. of specimensSourcePrevalence in sheep (no. [%])Prevalence in lambs (no. [%])
SA50Abattoir1/27 (3.7)3/23 (13.0)
NSW100Abattoir0/47 (0.0)1/53 (1.8)
SA50Abattoir0/24 (0.0)0/26 (0.0)
VIC100Abattoir0/58 (0.0)2/42 (4.2)
WA24FarmNTa1/24 (4.2)
WA31FarmNT0/31 (0.0)
WA16FarmNT7/16 (0.0)
Totalb3711/156 (0.6)14/215 (6.5)
  • a NT, not tested.

  • b Prevalence for total numbers of sheep and lamb were significant (P = 0.005 by Fisher's exact test).