Primary Article

Fatal Staphylococcal Food Poisoning

Authors: RUSSELL W. CURRIER II DVM, ANDREW TAYLOR JR. MD, FREDERICK S. WOLF MD, MALVIN WARR RS

Abstract

Four persons experienced the sudden onset of vomiting, diarrhea and shock approximately three and one half hours after eating a “cold plate” lunch served at a restaurant; the illness was fatal in one individual. Food specific attack rates implicated ham from which staphylococci were isolated. This report demonstrates the potential seriousness of staphylococcal food poisoning and emphasizes the role of the practicing physician in reporting such outbreaks to the appropriate health authorities.

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