By: Emily Tester.

What is Staphylococcus Aureus?

(Also known as staph infection.)

Its a bacterium that produces a poison/toxin which causes the illness.

Where are these pathogens found?

  • Unpasteurized dairy products.
  • Salads
  • Sliced deli meats.
  • Cream filled pastries.
  • Sandwiches

Hows it treated?

Medical attention isn't really needed. In most cases it goes away on its own. Increase fluid intake and get a lot of rest.


Healthy people who contract it can expect no lasting effects after bacteria clears the body.

However, it can be fatal to children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.

Medical treatment increases chances of full recovery.


  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for about 20-25 seconds.
  • Don't prepare or serve foods if you have a nose or eye infection.
  • Don't prepare or serve foods if you have any wounds or skin infections on hand or wrists.
  • Keep kitchen clean.
  • Keep foods out of the danger zone.
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How common is it?