- Gram + cocci in clusters - Catalase + - Part of normal microbiota - Can be isolated from healthy individuals, but is capable of causing severe illness, especially nosocomially - Can produce virulence factors and is considered a pathogen - Produces a beta hemolysin and an enterotoxin responsible for gastroenteritis / staph food poisoning - Produces a toxin causing toxic shock syndrome - Produces Coagulase causing plasma to clot (Catalase +) – fibrin clot helps organism protect itself - Common infections are styes, pimples, boils, and wound infections - Responsible for high % of nosocomial infections - Ferments mannitol - Salt tolerant - Yellow on MSA plate
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Required class for biology majors. A very interesting class that involves case studies on patients with varying diseases, relates to real life situations.
I learned that many diseases have similar symptoms and it is important to be thorough when observing a patient in order to diagnose correctly. This class connected to real life situations that I will most likely encounter in my future in the medial field.
Hours per week:
Advice for students:
Stay on top of the material, read the chapter before class everyday, sit in the front and ask questions. Class attendance is mandatory in order to gain bonus points