Toxic shock syndrome
Cohen, Jay O. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia.
Last reviewed:January 2021
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A serious, sometimes life-threatening disease usually caused by a toxin produced by some strains of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. The signs and symptoms are fever, abnormally low blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tenderness, and a reddish rash, followed by peeling of the skin.
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