toxic shock syndrome

variants: or less commonly toxic shock

Definition of toxic shock syndrome

: an acute disease that is characterized by fever, diarrhea, nausea, diffuse erythema, and shock, that is associated especially with the presence of a bacterium (Staphylococcus aureus), and that occurs especially in menstruating females using tampons

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Thomas Cook, the travel company, said last week that high levels of E. coli and staphylococcus bacteria, which can cause toxic shock syndrome, were found at the hotel where the couple stayed. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "E. coli killed British couple found dead in Egypt hotel, officials say," 12 Sep. 2018 Wasser lost her right leg in 2012 after being nearly killed by toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a condition that impacts hundreds of women each year, and later had her left leg amputated in 2017 due to complications from gangrene. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Lauren Wasser, Fashion’s Girl With the Golden Legs, Made a Triumphant Return," 13 Sep. 2018 But sometimes this bacteria can produce the toxins that lead to toxic shock syndrome, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "Can I Really Not Sleep With a Tampon in During My Period?," 23 Jan. 2018 Lewis was reportedly diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome, blood poisoning and flesh-eating disease. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Dad who lost lips, limbs to horrifying infection gets new mouth made from shoulder skin, tattoo," 4 July 2018 This week, Canadian officials determined that toxic shock syndrome (TSS) related to tampon use caused her mysterious death, according to multiple reports. Korin Miller, SELF, "The Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome You Need to Know," 29 June 2018 Offit recently saw a child with pneumonia as a result of strep infection, as well as knee infections and cases of toxic shock syndrome due to the strep bacteria. Kate Sheridan, Newsweek, "Strep Vaccine Could Save Lives and Reduce Health Care Costs—So Why Don't We Have One?," 26 Feb. 2018 Purdy lost her legs after contracting Neisseria meningitis, a bacterial infection similar to toxic shock syndrome. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Model Lauren Wasser, who lost leg to toxic shock syndrome, has second leg amputated | The Kansas City Star," 16 Jan. 2018 Lauren Wasser, a survivor of toxic shock syndrome, opened up about her experience, highlighting exactly how serious the issue is in an exclusive interview with People. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Toxic Shock Syndrome Caused Lauren Wasser to Lose Both Her Legs," 14 Mar. 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of toxic shock syndrome

medical : a serious illness that is caused by bacteria and occurs especially in women who use tampons

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Medical Definition of toxic shock syndrome

: an acute and sometimes fatal disease that is characterized by fever, nausea, diarrhea, diffuse erythema, and shock, that is associated especially with the presence of a bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus (S. aureus), and that occurs especially in menstruating females using tampons

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