Staphylococcus aureus Classification


Gender: Staphylococcus (staphylo = bunch of grapes)
Variety: aureus (gold coloured)

General Staphylococcus aureus

Staphylococcus aureus is usually found in the nose, on the skin or in the throat of healthy people and animals. About 30 percent of people are carriers of the , but the majority are not affected by it. The bacteria mainly spreads through the hands, but can also be transmitted through the air, clothing, bedding or toys.

Suspicious food

Foods that undergo many steps during preparation and foods that are kept at slightly elevated temperatures are regularly involved in Staphylococcus aureus poisoning. Some are particularly suitable for the growth of this germ and the subsequent :

Disease and incubation time

Staphylococcus aureus can be dangerous to humans in two ways. First of all, the bacteria can cause various skin infections. In addition, the bacteria can be the cause of food poisoning. In the of food poisoning, the appear within 2 to 6 hours. The most common are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (no fever).

In more severe cases, symptoms such as headache, muscle cramps and temporary in blood pressure and heart rate also occur. Recovery usually takes 2 days and even longer in more severe cases.

Risk groups

All are susceptible to Staphylococcus aureus.

Prevention Staphylococcus aureus

The toxins of Staphylococcus aureus cannot be made ineffective by heating food, for by cooking. It is therefore important to prevent the bacteria from ending up on food, such as good () and keeping food sufficiently cold or warm.

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