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Staphylococcal food poisoning on a cruise ship

  • Stephen H. Waterman (a1), Thomas A. Demarcus (a2), Joy G. Wells (a3) and Paul A. Blake (a3)

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Two waves of vomiting and/or diarrhoea affected approximately 215 of the 715 passengers on a Caribbean cruise ship. The outbreak was independently associated with eating cream-filled pastries at two separate meals. Staphylococcus aureus phage type 85/+ was isolated from cases and pastry cooks, but not from controls. This is the first well-documented outbreak of staphylococcal food poisoning on a cruise ship.

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