Staphylococcus aurea commonly known as Golden Staph Staphylococcus aureus, or S. aureus, is sometimes called golden staph. It is a common bacterium that lives on the skin or in the nose. It can cause a range of mild to severe infections and may cause death. Some strains are resistant to antibiotics. Hospital patients are more likely to be infected by S. aureus because of surgical or other wound. Golden staph is commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people.
Golden Staph can be spread by skin-on-skin contact or by touching contaminated surfaces. Poor personal hygiene and not covering open wounds can lead to infection with golden staph.
Common infections caused by golden staph include: Boils and abscesses – infections of the skin, impetigo (school sores) – a highly contagious, crusty skin infection.
More serious infection include: meningitis – infection of the membrane lining the brain, osteomyelitis – infection of the bone and bone marrow, pneumonia – infection of one or both lungs, septic phlebitis – infection of a vein and endocarditis – infection of the heart valves