In addition to Staphylococcus aureus, there are a small number of other coagulase-positive staphylococci. We have become increasingly aware of these due to improvements in identification methods used in clinical laboratories. Staphylococcus argenteus is a coagulase-positive Staphylococcus that, until now, had mainly been detected in Australia, the Pacific Islands and Thailand. It was thought that the species might be geographically restricted, however, a paper in the June issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology describes a large number of isolates collected from patients in North America. We'll talk with 2 of the authors of this paper.
Dr. Julianne Kus, Dr. Audrey Schuetz
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