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- Human susceptibility to Staphylococcus aureus
Human susceptibility to Staphylococcus aureus
Pierce, Marcia M. Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky.
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Staphylococcus aureus is a significant cause of human disease worldwide. Although it is sometimes carried by other animals, S. aureus causes disease almost exclusively in humans. In fact, it is difficult to study this pathogen using an animal model, because much higher numbers of the bacteria are required to infect laboratory animals. A recently released study has demonstrated that the bacteria appear to prefer human hosts over animal hosts because of the type of hemoglobin in human blood.
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