Consumers

Staphylococcus aureus

S. aureus intoxications occur usually within 1 to 6 hours following consumption of the toxins produced by the bacteria, but it may occur within 30 minutes. Severe nausea, vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea characterize illness caused by S. aureus enterotoxin. Although the illness generally does not last longer than 1 or 2 days, the severity of the illness may indicate the need for hospitalization.