Staphylococcus aureus in a petri dish

Staphylococcus aureus in a petri dish

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Caption: Conceptual illustration of Staphylococcus aureus in a petri dish. Staphylococcus aureus is a gram-positive coccal bacterium that is a member of the Firmicutes, and is frequently found in the human respiratory tract and on the skin. Although S. aureus is not always pathogenic, it is a common cause of skin infections (e.g. boils), respiratory disease (e.g. sinusitis), and food poisoning. Disease-associated strains often promote infections by producing potent protein toxins, and expressing cell-surface proteins that bind and inactivate antibodies. The emergence of antibiotic-resistant forms of pathogenic S. aureus (e.g. MRSA) is a worldwide problem in clinical medicine. Each year, some 500, 000 patients in United States' hospitals contract a staphylococcal infection.

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