Nickname: B. cereus
Morphology: Gram-negative rod
Habitat: Lives naturally in animals; infection in humans is usually linked to foods of origin or to direct contact with animals or contaminated water.
Disease or illness: Causes intestinal infections with diarrhea, fever, and severe stomach cramps.
Who is at risk: Anyone who eats food or drinks water contaminated with the bacteria is at risk. Infants, the elderly, or persons with a weakened immune system are at increased risk.
Avoidance techniques: Cook rice and grains thoroughly; store food in the refrigerator.