When is ingested food cultured for bacteria in the workup of gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Preformed toxin from Bacillus or Staphylococcus species may cause rapid-onset gastroenteritis. In such cases, the bacteria may not exist in the gastrointestinal tract; therefore, culture the food ingested by the person.


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