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- Detection of enterotoxin genes of Staphylococcus sp isolated from nasal cavities and hands of food handlers
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- Faculdade de Tecnologia do Estado de São Paulo (FATEC)
- Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
- Food handlers, an important factor in food quality, may contain bacteria that are able to cause foodborne disease. The present study aimed to research coagulase-negative (CNS) and -positive staphylococci (CPS) in 82 food handlers, analyzing nasal and hand swabs, with identification of 62 CNS (75.6%) and 20 CPS strains (24.4%). Staphylococcal enterotoxins genes were investigated by PCR. In 20 CPS strains, 19 were positive for one or more genes. The percentage of CNS presenting genes for enterotoxins was high (46.8%). Despite of the staphylococcal species, the most common gene was sea (35.4%), followed by seh and sej (29.2%). The detection of new staphylococcal enterotoxins (SEs) genes showed a higher pathogenic potential in this genus. The presence of these gene points out the importance of CNS not only as contaminant bacteria but also as a pathogen.
- Brazilian Journal of Microbiology. Sociedade Brasileira de Microbiologia, v. 41, n. 1, p. 59-65, 2010.
- Sociedade Brasileira de Microbiologia
- Staphylococcal enterotoxins
- coagulase-negative staphylococci
- S. aureus
- food handler
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