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Staphylococcus aureus

species of bacterium

Staphylococcus aureus is the most common cause of staph infections. It is a round bacterium, often living on the skin or in the nose of a person. About one third of the U.S. population are carriers of Staph. Aureus [1] Staphylococcus aureus can cause a range of illnesses from minor skin infections to life-threatening diseases.

Staphylococcus aureus
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Staphylococcus aureus
Rosenbach 1985

S. aureus can be treated with antibiotics, but they easily get resistance to antibiotics. When they are resistant, they are called MRSA (methicillin-resistant S. aureus).[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hey man D. 2004. Control of communicable diseases manual. 19th ed, Washington DC: American Public Health Association.
  2. Methicillin is a type of synthetic penicillin, found in many antibiotics.