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Staphylococcal food poisoning from sheep milk cheese.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2691265     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cheese made from sheep milk was implicated in food-poisoning incidents in December 1984 and January 1985. Bacteriological examination of batches of cheese failed to reveal a viable pathogen but enterotoxin A produced by Staphylococcus aureus was present. This was the first time that enterotoxin was detected in a food produced in the UK which was associated with poisoning and from which viable Staph. aureus could not be isolated. Subsequent detailed examination of milk, yoghurt and cheese from the same producer revealed that contamination with Staph. aureus was associated with post-infection carriage as well as clinical illness in ewes on the farm. Strains producing enterotoxon. A were still intermittently present in the bulk milk used for cheese production nearly 2 years afterwards, apparently in the absence of clinical illness in the sheep. The possible effects of heat treatment are discussed. Any changes in legislation should cover all non-human mammalian milk used for human consumption.
F J Bone; D Bogie; S C Morgan-Jones
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epidemiology and infection     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0950-2688     ISO Abbreviation:  Epidemiol. Infect.     Publication Date:  1989 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-02-22     Completed Date:  1990-02-22     Revised Date:  2010-09-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703737     Medline TA:  Epidemiol Infect     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  449-58     Citation Subset:  IM    
Area Department of Bacteriology, Dumfries.
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MeSH Terms
Colony Count, Microbial
Disease Outbreaks* / prevention & control
Enterotoxins / isolation & purification
Escherichia coli / growth & development,  isolation & purification
Food Handling
Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
Mastitis / veterinary
Milk / microbiology
Scotland / epidemiology
Sheep Diseases
Staphylococcal Food Poisoning / epidemiology*,  etiology,  prevention & control
Staphylococcal Infections / veterinary
Staphylococcus aureus / growth & development,  isolation & purification
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Enterotoxins; 37337-57-8/enterotoxin A, Staphylococcal

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