Dr. Mandy Brosnahan, Dr. Taylor Mach
Staphylococcus aureus is one of the largest leading causes of skin and tissue infections that leads to boils, cellulitis, etc. On a more serious note, it can cause bacteremia, pneumonia, and many other serious conditions that could lead to death. S. aureus can be spread through skin-to-skin contact which makes it more susceptible to high levels of infection and variability. What causes more variability in S. aureus infections are due to virulence factors that S. aureus carry.