Staphylococcus epidermidis

sector Stap (staphylococci), small, white, slightly pinkish colonies, translucent, marked with number 10

Staphylococcus epidermidis is a less common cause of dairy mastitis. It is found naturally on human skin and the hands of milkers are a source of contamination of milking equipment and the skin of the mammary gland of dairy cows.


Staphylococcus epidermidis penetrates the udder through the teat canal, the infection is often eliminated spontaneously and the bacteria do not always cause mastitis. If inflammation occurs, it is milder.

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