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Staphylococcus epidermidis

Synonym(s): S. epidermidis

Contributor(s): Richard Walker

Introduction

Classification

Taxonomy

  • Family: Micrococcaceae.
  • Genus: Staphylococcus.
  • Species: epidermidis.

Etymology

  • Gk: epidermidis - of the epidermis.

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Clinical Effects

Epidemiology

Habitat

  • Predominant among normal flora of skin.
  • Also colonizes the upper respiratory tract.

Lifecycle

  • Reproduces by binary fission in several planes to form clusters.
  • Does not form spores.

Transmission

  • Spread by direct and indirect contact.

Pathological effects

  • Not usually pathogenic.

Other Host Effects

  • Commensal.

Control

Control via chemotherapies

  • Not usually pathogenic, therefore treatment rarely required.
  • Susceptible to many common antimicrobials.

Vaccination

  • None.

Diagnosis

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Takahashi T, Kaneko M, Mori Y et al (1997) Phylogenetic analysis of Staphylococcus based on the 16S rDNA sequence and assignment of clinical isolates from animals. J Vet Med Sci 59 (9), 775-783 PubMed.

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