volume 23, issue 1, P1-15 2009
DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2008.10.007
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Henry R. Shinefield, Naomi L. Ruff

Abstract: Staphylococcus aureus is an unusually successful and adaptive human pathogen that can cause epidemics of invasive disease despite its frequent carriage as a commensal. Over the past 100 years and more, S aureus has caused cycles of outbreaks in hospitals and the community and has developed resistance to every antibiotic used against it, yet the exact mechanisms leading to epidemics of virulent disease are not fully understood. Approaches such as bacterial interference have been effective in interrupting outbre…

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