Staphylococcus aureus

Diseases: abscesses of many organs, endocarditis, gastroenteritis (food poisoning), toxic shock syndrome, surgical wound infections.

Characteristics: gram positive cocci in clusters, coagulase positive, catalase positive

Habitat and Transmission: Habitat is in the human skin and nose. Transmission is via the hands.

Pathogenesis:

Laboratory diagnosis

Resistance

Prevention

Treatment

References

Levinson and Jawetz. Medical Microbiology and Immunology. 6th edition