Dr. Amanda Brosnahan, Dr. Taylor Mach
Staphylococcus aureus is gram-positive cocci in clusters.S. aureus can live in your nose or on your skin without causing harm and is found in 30% of all people. Some strains are antibiotic resistant. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) can cause diseases and is resistant to many antibiotics. Some strains of S. aureus can make superantigens that alter our immune response to cause disease. Here, we test 11 swabs obtained from the Minnesota State fair to see if they are positive for Staphylococcus aureus.