Infectious Disease Clinics of North America volume 23, issue 1, P73-98 2009 DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2008.10.001 View full text
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Kathie L. Rogers, Paul D. Fey, Mark E. Rupp

Abstract: Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) are differentiated from the closely related but more virulent Staphylococcus aureus by their inability to produce free coagulase. Currently, there are over 40 recognized species of CNS. These organisms typically reside on healthy human skin and mucus membranes, rarely cause disease, and are most frequently encountered by clinicians as contaminants of microbiological cultures. However, CNS have been increasingly recognized to cause clinically significant infections. The co…

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