Overview of Staphylococcus aureus in Medicine

Kent Crossley

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Staphylococcus aureus has been a major cause of infections in humans for as long as we have historical records. Pathological changes consistent with staphylococcal osteomyelitis are known from Egyptian mummies and other remains of similar antiquity. Along with several other organisms (e.g., group A b-hemolytic streptococci and Mycobacterium tuberculosis), this organism is uniquely equipped with virulence factors and defense mechanisms that enable it to cause rapidly progressive fatal infections in normal individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMRSA
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781420045505
ISBN (Print)9781420045499
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007


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