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Addendum published on 31 March 2015, see Viruses 2015, 7(4), 1667.

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Viruses 2014, 6(7), 2551-2570;

Facing Antibiotic Resistance: Staphylococcus aureus Phages as a Medical Tool

Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. R. Weigla 12, Wroclaw 53-114, Poland
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Received: 16 March 2014 / Revised: 17 June 2014 / Accepted: 18 June 2014 / Published: 1 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Bacterial Viruses)
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Staphylococcus aureus is a common and often virulent pathogen in humans. This bacterium is widespread, being present on the skin and in the nose of healthy people. Staphylococcus aureus can cause infections with severe outcomes ranging from pustules to sepsis and death. The introduction of antibiotics led to a general belief that the problem of bacterial infections would be solved. Nonetheless, pathogens including staphylococci have evolved mechanisms of drug resistance. Among current attempts to address this problem, phage therapy offers a promising alternative to combat staphylococcal infections. Here, we present an overview of current knowledge on staphylococcal infections and bacteriophages able to kill Staphylococcus, including experimental studies and available data on their clinical use. View Full-Text
Keywords: bacteriophages; Staphylococcus aureus; MRSA bacteriophages; Staphylococcus aureus; MRSA
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Kaźmierczak, Z.; Górski, A.; Dąbrowska, K. Facing Antibiotic Resistance: Staphylococcus aureus Phages as a Medical Tool. Viruses 2014, 6, 2551-2570.

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