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Staphylococcus saprophyticus

    Image:staph_sapro_blood.jpg|frame|Staphylococcus saprophyticus Growing on Blood Agar
    Staphylococcus saprophyticus is a coagulase-negative species of Staphylococcus which is often implicated in urinary tract infection Along with several other Staphylococcus species S saprophyticus is resistant to the antibiotic Novobiocin a characteristic that is used in laboratory identificationThe organism is rarely found in healthy humans but is commonly isolated from animals and their carcasses
    It is implicated in 10-20% of urinary tract infections In females between the ages of ca. 17-27 it is the second most common cause of urinary tract infection It may also reside in the urinary tract and bladder of sexually active females S. saprophyticus is phosphatase-negative urease and lipase positive