What is Staphylococcus Alba?
Staphylococcus albus (the white Staphylococcus) is spherical bacteria forming clusters. From that characteristic comes the name ( Staphyle – Greek for a bunch of grapes). S albus is the most frequent skin bacteria. It has been considered an innocent partner living on the skin surface of all of us and it has been found in about 30 % of all clean orthopedic operation wounds- all of these wounds healed without complications. This friendly coexistence between the people and the white Staphylococcus changed with the advent of total hip operations. When Staphylococcus albus colonizes the surfaces of total joints, it changes from doctor Jekyll to doctor Hyde. Once fixed to the surface of the total joint prosthesis, S. albus develops a slime cover and changes its characteristics: it develops resistance to antibiotics and causes slow, indolent infections around total joints. I hope I have been of help.