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Bugs that make you sick - Staphylococcal poisoning

 

Cause : Staphylococcus aureus . Bacteria growing in food produce a toxin that is extremely resistant to heat.

Examples of foods Involved : Custards, egg salad, potato salad, chicken salad, macaroni salad, ham, salami, cheese, cooked poultry, and stuffing.

Transmission : Eating food containing the toxin. Food handlers can carry the bacteria in infected cuts and wounds and in the respiratory tract.

Symptoms : Sudden onset of severe nausea and vomiting. Abdominal cramps. Diarrhea and fever may be present.

Onset : 1-6 hours.

Duration : 24-48 hours.

Prevention : Growth of bacteria that produce toxin is stopped by keeping foods above 140°F (60°C)or below 40°F(4.4°C). Chill food rapidly in small quantities. Once the toxin is formed, it is not easily destroyed by heat. Mishandled foods cannot be made safe by reheating.

 

 

Bugs that make you sick:

Bacteria
Virus
Parasite
   

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