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Staphylococcal food poisoning is caused by Staphylococcus aureus. When it grows in foods, it can produce a toxin that causes illness. All foods may be contaminated by contact with food handlers hands, then either uncooked or inadequately heated or refrigerated. Contamination is also possible from infected fingers, abscesses, boils, purulent lesions of hand, face and nose.

Incubation period
4 - 6 hours
Signs and Symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • No Fever
Stool Culture
Fluid replacement when indicated. Search for food handlers with skin infection.
Control and Prevention
  • Educate the public in personal hygiene, especially hand-washing and the importance of avoiding sharing toilet articles.
  • Exclude infected persons from food handling.
  • Strict food hygiene, sanitation, cleanliness in kitchen, proper temperature control and cleaning of finger nails.
  • Anyone who has skin infection should not prepare food for others until the infection heals.