Microbiology

Analysing for Staphylococcus aureus

Analysing for Staphylococcus aureus

Staphylococcus aureus is facultative anaerobic, gram-positive cocci. It was named as such because of its grape-like (Greek: staphyl) forming clusters of cells and golden (aureus) colour of colonies. S. aureus can cause diseases through direct infection or indirectly by the production of toxins. This bacterium is known as a leading cause of bloodstream infections with consequences such as infective endocarditis, septic arthritis, and osteomyelitis.