Anaerobic spore forming gram positive bacilli, box-car shaped.
Environmental (soil, water) organism as well as human/animal digestive tract.
Associated with penetrating wounds with environmental exposure.
Gas gangrene/Clostridial myonecrosis
Necrotizing skin and soft tissue infection
Fatal bacteremia with massive exotoxin-mediated hemolysis
Foodborne self-limited gastrointestinal illness
Contact precautions while draining wound present.
Surgical debridement of devitalized tissue crucial.