Staphylococcus aureus bacteria

Staphylococcus aureus bacteria

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Caption: Staphylococcus aureus. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. These gram-positive bacteria cause skin infections and often grow in grape-like clusters of small spheres (cocci). S. aureus is extremely common in humans, living harmlessly on the skin and inside the nose, throat and large intestine. However if S. aureus multiplies inside blocked pores in the skin, it causes pus to build up forming an acne spot or boil. Inside the body this bacteria may also cause abscesses and most types of suppurative infection. If the infection is serious it must be treated with antibiotics. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: abscess, acne, bacteria, bacterial, bacteriology, bacterium, boil, cause, from skin, gram-positive bacteria, micro-organisms, microbe, microbes, microbiology, pus, scanning electron micrograph, sem, staphylococcus, staphylococcus aureus, type

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