Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B

Staphylococcal enterotoxins are a superfamily of proteins secreted by Stapylo-coccus aureus consisting of at least 11 members.137 Members of the family cause toxic shock syndrome and scalded skin syndrome, while staphylococcal enterotoxin is the most common cause of food poisoning in the U.S. While SEB ingested orally can cause severe gastrointestinal symptoms, the low fatality rate from food poisoning suggests that aerosol release would be a greater biothreat than food or water contamination.

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