Bacillus cereus; overall discussion

Bacillus cereus is a spore-producing rod-shaped, gram-positive bacterium. It releases toxins that result in vomiting or diarrhea. Bacillus cereus infections are self-limiting, mild, and harmless. Some strains of this bacterium are beneficial as it is used as probiotics for animals. Bacillus cereus is a food-borne bacteria. It also found in soil. It causes fried rice syndrome. Spore formation causes it to survive adverse environments including normal cooking temperatures. This bacterium is also resistant to alcohol treatment. Few strains of this bacterium produce bacteriocins used to kill the other strains of Bacillus cereus or other gram-positive bacteria.

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