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Coagulase-positive staphylococci are synonymous with the species Staphylococcus aureus. They are normal inhabitants of the nose, skin, and intestinal tract of healthy individuals as well as a cause of purulent infections of the skin, eyes, and ears. They are a major component of the bacterial flora of swimming pools and recreational waters that have a high density of swimmers and are potentially a good index of the health hazard associated with bathing in such waters. The major obstacle to their use as an indicator organism is the lack of a medium and method that is sufficiently selective and reliable for the quantitative recovery of these bacteria from aquatic habitats.
bacteria, water, coliform bacteria, staphylococci
Head, Department of Microbiology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N. C.