Staphylococcus is a group of bacteria that can cause a number of diseases as a result of infection of various tissues of the body. Staphylococcus is more familiarly known as staph (pronounced "staff"). Staph-related illness can range from mild and requiring no treatment to severe and potentially fatal. Common symptoms of Staphylococcus aureus food poisoning include: a rapid onset which is usually 1–8 hours, nausea, explosive vomiting for up to 24 hours, abdominal cramps/pain, headache, weakness, diarrhea and usually a subnormal body temperature. Symptoms usually start one to six hours after eating and last less than 12 hours.
Staphylococcus aureus is the most prevalent bovine mastitis pathogen in Argentina. The ability of this organism to produce enterotoxins is linked to staphylococcal food poisoning. Staphylococcal enterotoxins are low molecular weight proteins, highly resistant to heat and proteolytic enzyme activity. The aim of this study was to determine the ability to produce enterotoxins and types of enterotoxins A through E produced among 94 S. aureus isolated from bulk tank milk in Argentina by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Eleven isolates (11.7 %) produced enterotoxins. Seven of them (7.4 %) produced enterotoxin C, two (2.1 %) enterotoxin D, one (1.1 %) enterotoxin B and one (1.1%) enterotoxins C-D-E. None of the isolates produced enterotoxins A or E alone.
Pocket of infection that forms at the site of injury. Usually filled with pus, Area surrounding the abscess is usually red, painful and swollen and the skin surrounding the abscess can feel warm to the touch, An infection of the underlying layers of the skin, Usually results from a scrape or cut in the skin which allows bacteria to enter, although no injury may be apparent.