Staphylococcus aureus

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Staphylococcus aureus
Scientific classification
Domain: Bacteria
Kingdom: Eubacteria
Phylum: Firmicutes
Class: Bacilli
Order: Bacillales
Family: Staphylococcaceae
Genus: Staphylococcus
Binomial name
Staphylococcus aureus
Rosenbach 1884

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 20–30% of the population are "staph carriers".[1] Staphylococcus aureus can cause a range of illnesses from minor skin infections to life-threatening diseases.

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]

References[change | change source]

  1. Heyman D. 2004. Control of communicable diseases manual. 18th ed, Washington DC: American Public Health Association.
  2. Methicillin is a type of penicillin, found in many antibiotics.