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Postgrad Med. 2014 Sep;126(5):167-75. doi: 10.3810/pgm.2014.09.2811.

Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia: targeting the source.

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Senior Resident, Department of Microbiology, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, New Delhi, India.


Bacteremia due to Staphylococcus aureus is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in India, but studies targeting the source of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia are lacking. S. aureus has a vivid armamentarium consisting of toxins, adhesins, and other virulence factors by virtue of which it can cause varied types of infections, sometimes of a serious nature. This review highlights the possible causes of S. aureus bacteremia, and discusses the necessity of tracing its source and eliminating it with proper antibiotic therapy to avoid recurrences or relapses.

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