staphylococcal food poisoning

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A form of food poisoning caused by bacteria belonging to the genus Staphylococcus (commonly referred to as Staph). The bacteria are present on skin, particularly around boils and pimples. Food is easily contaminated by a food handler with an uncovered skin infection. The bacteria are also spread by coughs and sneezes. They are common in foods that require a lot of handling and multiply rapidly at room temperature. Symptoms are similar to most other forms of food poisoning: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea.

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