Toxic Shock Syndrome 2002

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a bacterial infection caused by a toxin made by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. Toxic shock syndrome was originally associated with tampon use but is now also related to the use of intravaginal contraceptive devices (e.g., the sponge and diaphragm) in women. TSS also occurs as a complication of skin abscesses or surgery where bacteria can enter the body and cause an infection. Symptoms of toxic shock are sudden fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, and rash.

There were no reported cases of toxic shock syndrome in Indiana in 2002. During the five-year period 1998-2002, 14 cases were reported.

You can learn more about toxic shock syndrome by visiting the following Web site:
http://www.in.gov/isdh/25423.htm