Analysis of the colonization with Staphylococcus aureus of mothers and their newborns during the first year of life

Untersuchung der Kolonisierung mit Staphylococcus aureus bei Müttern und ihren Neugeborenen während des ersten Lebensjahres 
K. Becker, A.S. Alabi, L. von Müller, M. Herrmann, S. Issifou, N.U. Ateba
06/2011 – 06/2013
Staphylococcus aureus is an infective pathogen associated with high morbidity and mortality. About 20% of the world`s population are permanent carriers of S. aureus. This is a risk factor for S. aureus infection. So far, only few data are available about the transmission of this organism between individuals. Some studies revealed breastfeeding as a possible mode of transmission of S. aureus between mother and her newborn. This proposal submitted by African and German groups thus focuses on the colonization by S. aureus in infancy.

Staphylococcal phenotypes: Normal and small colony variant (SCV) phenotype