public health enemy

staphylococcus

 

PUBLIC HEALTH ENEMY

STAPHYLOCOCCUS

ALIAS: “Staph”

DESCRIPTION

Date Discovered: 1880

Type: Gram positive cocci

Family: Staphylococcaceae

Associates: All life

Area of Attack: Skin, Lungs, gastrointestinal tract

Known Hideouts: Areas of high human traffic

Modus Operandi: Forms colonies that degrade existing human matrices

CAUTION

Harmless as individuals but dangerous in groups. Can invade all areas of the body. May release toxins that can increase extent of attack. Many types have weapons to resist antibiotic treatment. Some toxins may lead to food poisoning.

SURVIVAL TIME
5 months

PREVENTION

  • Handwashing
  • Disinfection