Foodborne Illness

By Brooke Reece

Staphylococcus

A bacterium of a genus that includes many pathogenic kinds that cause pus formation, especially in the skin and mucous membranes.People with skin problems like burns or eczema may be more likely to get staph skin infections. People can get staph infections from contaminated objects, but staph bacteria often spread through skin-to-skin contact — the bacteria can be spread from one area of the body to another if someone touches the infected area.Common symptoms include boils and oozing blisters. Staph can also cause food poisoning resulting in nausea, vomiting, and stomach ache. In rare cases, staph infections can turn deadly if the bacteria invade deeper into the body or enters the bloodstream resulting in fever, joint, and muscle pain.Treatment often includes drainage of the infection and antibiotics. Strains of staph that no longer respond to common antibiotics are called MRSA .People who have been recently hospitalize.People in nursing homes or care facilities. People with weakened immune systems. Children in day care, where there is close child-to-child contact. Athletes who have skin-to-skin contact with each other or share equipment.Members of the military. People who get tattoos. Wash your hands. Keep wounds covered. Reduce tampon risks. Keep personal items personal..Wash clothing and bedding in hot water.