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Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (also known as S. aureus, golden staph or staph) is carried by approximately 20% of the population at any given time, with about 60% of people being colonised off and on during their lifetime. S. aureus commonly inhabits the inside of the nose as well as the skin, where it is usually harmless and unnoticeable. However, if the bacteria is able to enter the body it may multiply and cause an infection. Infection may be caused by bacteria from the patient’s own body, or via the transmission of bacteria from another person
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