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Pages: 26. Chapters: Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus, Panton-Valentine leukocidin, Staphylococcus
epidermidis, Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus,
Staphylococcus nepalensis, Staphylococcus saprophyticus,
Staphylococcal infection, Staphylococcus muscae, Staphylococcus
warneri, ST8: USA300, Protein A, Macrococcus, Staphylococcus
succinus, Macrococcus brunensis, Jeotgalicoccus, Gemella,
Staphylococcus xylosus, Staphylococcus haemolyticus, Staphylococcus
lugdunensis, Staphylococcus pettenkoferi, Salinicoccus,
Staphylococcus hominis, Staphylococcus caprae, Gemella morbillorum,
Nosocomiicoccus, Phenol-soluble modulin, Clumping factor A,
Exfoliatin, Staphylokinase. Excerpt: Methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium responsible for several
difficult-to-treat infections in humans. It may also be called
multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or oxacillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (ORSA). MRSA is, by definition, any strain of
Staphylococcus aureus that has developed resistance to beta-lactam
antibiotics which include the penicillins (methicillin,
dicloxacillin, nafcillin, oxacillin, etc.) and the cephalosporins.
MRSA is especially troublesome in hospitals and nursing homes where
patients with open wounds, invasive devices and weakened immune
systems are at greater risk of infection than the general public. A
ruptured MRSA abscessS. aureus most commonly colonizes the anterior
nares (the nostrils), although the rest of the respiratory tract,
open wounds, intravenous catheters, and urinary tract are also
potential sites for infection. Healthy individuals may carry MRSA
asymptomatically for periods ranging from a few weeks to many
years. Patients with compromised immune systems are at a
significantly greater risk of symptomatic secondary infection. In
most patients, MRSA can be..
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