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Toxic Shock Syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome is a severe illness characterized by a sudden onset of high fever, vomiting, profuse watery diarrhea, and muscle aches and is casued by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. It is typically followed by hypotension (low blood pressure) and, in severe cases, shock. The disease cannot be spread from one person to another.

Women who fit into the following scenarios are at the highest risk of developing the disease: those who use vaginal tampons, contraceptive diaphragms or vaginal contraceptive sponges, and women who have recently given birth or had an abortion.


Utah Department of Health
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Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2104

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