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Unformatted text preview: Gram pos. cocci Virulence: Strain causing TSS produces an exfoliation exotoxin (scalded skin syndrome) and entero-exotoxin (diarrhea, shock). Transmission: From URT, skin of carriers. Hands most common vector tampon vagina. Disease: Organism in numbers in blood & abrasions in m.m. of vaginal wall secretes toxins bloodstream. Causes sunburn-like rash on skin skin and m.m. separate and slough off inflammation. Also accomp. by severe vomiting, diarrhea. Blood pressure , shock can be fatal. Prevention: Washing hands before handling, insertion of tampon; avoiding use of tampons. Has also occurred in males following surgery, or with boils or other Staph infections....
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- Fall '09