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ARRA: VIRULENCE DETERMINANTS OF S. AUREUS BACTEREMIA
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GILL, DR. STEVEN R.
NAT'L INS. OF ALLERGY & INFECTIOUS DIS.
Infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus span a wide clinical spectrum, ranging from asymptomatic nasal carriage to endocarditis, bone and joint infections and lethal shock. Increasing rates of S. aureus infection and the emergence of community-acquired strains drive the need for an increased understanding of the virulence determinants of this emerging pathogen and evaluating the role they play in outcome of patients with S. aureus bacteremia. Evaluating the role of these virulence determinants in humans was limited by the absence of a large, well-characterized collection of bloodstream S. aureus isolates. Such a clinical resource was developed by Vance Fowler (Co-Investigator), when he created one of the world.