Staphylococcus aureus infections
Staphylococcus; staphylococci; staph; aureus; S. aureus; golden; toxic; shock; MRSA; methicillin; resistant; food; poisoning; toxin; SSSS; syndrome; bacteria; carrier; boils; tampon;
Staphylococci are bacteria (germs) that live on the skin and in the nose of many people without causing infections or illness. The most common type of Staphylococcus to cause infections is Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). It is called 'aureus', from the Latin word for gold, because the bacteria look a golden colour when grown in a laboratory.
S. aureus can cause health problems in two different ways.
- The bacteria can enter the body and cause infections, such as pimples, boils, abscesses, impetigo (school sores) and wound infections.
- The bacteria can also make a toxin (poison) which can cause illnesses such as food poisoning and toxic shock syndrome.
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