In the past I've run this argument by our infectious disease docs. They all
consider St. aureus in the throat normal flora due to post nasal drip.
HOWEVER - I isolated it from my wife when her tonsils were swollen and had
yellowish pustules on them. I really felt that it was an infection, but they
still wouldn't treat based on that. It could have been a virus and the St.
aureus became an opportunistic contaminant.
John Gentile President, Rhode Island Apple Group
"I never make mistakes, I only have unexpected learning oportunities!"
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> From: hmhgmontis at yahoo.com (Glenn Montis)
> Organization: BIOSCI/MRC Human Genome Mapping Project Resource Centre
> Newsgroups: bionet.microbiology
> Date: 29 Nov 2001 18:01:11 -0000
> Subject: S. Aureus
>> Recently I have seen multiple throat cultures with
> very heavy growth of Staph Aureus and little or no
> normal flora. Some are MRSA and some are not. The
> majority of the patients have been children or elderly
> persons. Have any of you had any experience with this
> or have any knowledge to share on the subject
> (colonization -vs- infection)?
> Glenn Montis
> Micro Supervisor
> Hardin Memorial Hospital
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