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Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteria, SEM
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Staphylococcus aureus bacteria coloured scanning electron micrograph SEM These Grampositive cocci round are found on the skin and mucous membranes of humans and many animals The bacteria are usually harmless but infections can occur on broken skin or within a blocked sweat or sebaceous gland resulting in boils pustules and abscesses S aureus can also cause food poisoning producing toxins that induce vomiting Certain strains cause the potentially fatal toxic shock syndrome TSS Some strains have developed wideranging antibiotic resistance such as methicillinresistant S aureus MRSA and are hospital pathogens