Golden staph bacteria

Golden staph bacteria destroy the body’s immune system by directly targeting large immune cells called macrophages.

The bacteria causes a range of illnesses such as skin infections, pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis.

Previously, researchers did not know the exact mechanism in which it disrupted the immune system. They now know the antibiotic-resistant bacteria releases a compound that destroys macrophages and allows them to breed.

Golden staph is often contracted in hospitals and kills more people than tuberculosis and AIDS combined.

Read more at University of Sydney