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What is staphylococcus food poisoning?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Bact toxin illness

Ingesting preformed toxin produced by staphylococcus, not detroyed by cooking; tasteless.
Likely foods are creamy, mayonnaise type, e.g. Potato salad, cole slaw. Onset of symptoms in 1-8 hours. Feverish, lots of vomiting, cramps, may have diarrhea as well. Feels awful, lasts 24-48 hrs. Rx fluids, avoid dehydration, anti spasm meds may be needed. Not contagious. Wash your hands preparing food.

In brief: Bact toxin illness

Ingesting preformed toxin produced by staphylococcus, not detroyed by cooking; tasteless.
Likely foods are creamy, mayonnaise type, e.g. Potato salad, cole slaw. Onset of symptoms in 1-8 hours. Feverish, lots of vomiting, cramps, may have diarrhea as well. Feels awful, lasts 24-48 hrs. Rx fluids, avoid dehydration, anti spasm meds may be needed. Not contagious. Wash your hands preparing food.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
Internal Medicine

In brief: Staph food poisoning

Staph food poisoning is acquired by eating of food that has had staph bacteria growing on it -- and the staph produces a toxin - which is released - and which we then ingest -- the toxin has GI actions - vomiting, diarrhea.

In brief: Staph food poisoning

Staph food poisoning is acquired by eating of food that has had staph bacteria growing on it -- and the staph produces a toxin - which is released - and which we then ingest -- the toxin has GI actions - vomiting, diarrhea.
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Dr. Janiece Stewart
Sports Medicine

In brief: Spoiled food

Staphylococcal food poisoning is a type of food poisoning caused by infection with the Staphylococcus aureus (S.
aureus) bacteria. The bacteria multiply in foods and produce toxins, especially if food is kept at room temperature. The toxins may be present in dangerous amounts in foods that have no signs of spoilage, such as a bad smell. The toxins are ingested and cause nausea, vomiting, etc.

In brief: Spoiled food

Staphylococcal food poisoning is a type of food poisoning caused by infection with the Staphylococcus aureus (S.
aureus) bacteria. The bacteria multiply in foods and produce toxins, especially if food is kept at room temperature. The toxins may be present in dangerous amounts in foods that have no signs of spoilage, such as a bad smell. The toxins are ingested and cause nausea, vomiting, etc.
Dr. Janiece Stewart
Dr. Janiece Stewart
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