Staphylococcus

S. aureus is responsible for a range of infections from minor skin conditions to potentially fatal diseases like pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis. It is also responsible for highlighting the possible implications to health management with the advent of antibiotic resistance with the prolific emergence of MRSA infections. It is estimated that 20-30% of the world’s population are carriers of the organism as part of their normal flora, and whilst many developed countries such as the UK have seen demonstrable reduction in bacteremia cases, the relative global incidence has remained fairly constant over the last 20 years.