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SABIONI, José Geraldo; HIROOKA, Elisa Yoko  and  SOUZA, Maria de Lourdes R. de. Food-poisoning from Minas-type cheese, contamined with Staphylococcus aureus. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1988, vol.22, n.5, pp.458-461. ISSN 1518-8787.

An outbreak of food poisoning which occurred in July, 1987, in the city of Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, is reported. The food involved was a Minas-type cheese, contamined by Staphylococcus aureus to the level of 9.3 x 107 CFU/g. Enterotoxin producing strains of types A,B,D and E were detected. The sample analysed also showed contamination by fecal coliforms above 1.1 x 105/g (MPN), but Salmonella were not present. Due to characteristic symptoms and high contamination it was concluded that Staphylococcus aureus was the pathogene responsible for the outbreak.

Keywords : Staphylococcal food poisoning [occurrence]; Staphylococcus aureus [analysis]; Cheese [adverse effects]; Disease outbreaks [occurrence].

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