Staphylococcus Infection Essay

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Staphylococcus Infection Gertrude Perkins SCI 163 Instructor: Julie Valenzuela May 13, 2013 Staphylococcus Infection Staphylococcus is a bacterium is found in clusters that cause many diseases in a person. The infection of Staphylococcus is on the skin of a person and could be there at any time. In a healthy person the Staphylococcus infection is usually not harmful. A person can carry the Staphylococcus infection and never even know that he/she has it. This is harmful because they could pass it to another person and not even have knowledge of it. If there is a cut in the skin staphylococci bacteria will enter the body and cause the staph infection. There are different forms of Staphylococcus. Staphylococcus food poisoning is an illness is caused by eating foods that are contaminated with the staphylococcus infection. This is usually caused when a person who works with food has the staphylococcus infection and they do not wash their hands properly before he/she handles the food. The bacteria that causes staphylococcus is found in unpasteurized in milk and cheese products. Staphylococcus can tolerate salty foods so it can grow on any food that has a high salt content like ham. As the bacteria multiply on food it can cause food poisoning to anyone who eats the food. The Staphylococcus bacteria can with stand heat so cooking food does not stop food poisoning. There was an outbreak back in 1997 in the state of Florida. A total of 125 people attended a retirement party for a friend. Many people took leftovers home for others to enjoy and about 31 people went to the emergency room within 8 eight hours of eating the food. The people all had a gastrointestinal illness that he/she could be associated with a common meal that the people ate. The leftover food was tested and found to have the staphylococcal enterotoxin on it. The symptoms of staphylococcal food

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