Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
RADDI, Maria Stella Gonçalves; LEITE, Clarice Queico Fujimura and MENDONCA, Clara Peckmann. Staphylococcus aureus: food handler carriers. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1988, vol.22, n.1, pp.36-40. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101988000100005.
Material was collected from the hands and nasal passages of forty-eight food handlers and twenty college students of Araraquara (S. Paulo State, Brazil) and analized in order to evaluate the carrier function with regard to Staphylococcus aureus. The organism discovered in both samples of nine out of the twelve volunteers were of the same S. aureus phage types. The incidence of carriage on the hands was much greater in the handlers' group. These findings demonstrate the potential risk represented by hands in the transmission of food poisoning.
Keywords : Staphylococcus aureus [isolation]; Food handling; Carrier state; Staphylococcal food poisoning.