Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA)

Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA)

General Information

Gram positive cocci in clusters, coagulase positive.

Staph aureus is a ubiquitous organism that colonizes the skin/nares and can cause invasive disease.

S. aureus (both MSSA and MRSA) can cause the following:

  • Skin and soft tissue infection (purulent)
  • Bone and joint infection
  • Bloodstream infection
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Pneumonia
  • Infection of prosthetic devices
  • Others