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Co-evolutionary aspects of human colonisation and infection by Staphylococcus aureus.

Abstract:

Although Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterial species of medical significance, only approximately 30% of all humans carry staphylococcal cells persistently but asymptomatically in their nasopharynx and/or other body sites. This goes largely unnoticed by the host, which shows that in the natural situation the human ecosystem is hospitable or at least receptive to the bacteria and that by a process of co-evolution this has lead to a state of mutual acceptance or tolerance. However, upon disturb...

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van Belkum, A More by this author
Melles, DC More by this author
van Leeuwen, WB More by this author
van Wamel, W More by this author
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Journal:
Infection, genetics and evolution : journal of molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics in infectious diseases
Volume:
9
Issue:
1
Pages:
32-47
Publication date:
2009-01-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1567-7257
ISSN:
1567-1348
URN:
uuid:07e09fb1-d3bb-42b0-9c08-9bf387d5a2ef
Source identifiers:
67962
Local pid:
pubs:67962

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