Staphylococcus aureus UC-18: Agent of Nosocomial Infections

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Science  18 Sep 1964:
Vol. 145, Issue 3638, pp. 1322-1323
DOI: 10.1126/science.145.3638.1322


A new strain of Staphylococcus aureus, implicated in severe "hospital-acquired" infections, has been recognized and identified. This strain is characterized by lysis with a recently isolated bacteriophage, UC-18. Resistance to penicillin, streptomycin, and tetracycline combined with widespread prevalence in the hospital environment make S. aureus UC-18 a significant contributor to endemic staphylcoccal disease in hospitals.