Infectious Disease Compendium

Micrococcus

Microbiology

Gram positive cocci in tetrads. Micrococcus has been expanded into M. luteus and M. lylae, Kocuria (K. varians, K. kristinae, K. nishinomiyaensis, K. rosea), Nesterenkonia (N. halobia), Kytococcus and Dermacoccus (D. sedentarius).

Epidemiologic Risks

Soil, water, beer (Oh. My. God.), marine sediments, dry Italian sausages, miso, Spanish dry-cured ham. Mostly a part of the human skins and mouths.

Syndromes

Occasionally endocarditis, bacteremia from catheter infections.

Treatment

Vancomycin +/- gentamicin. Doxycycline, ceftriaxone, cefuroxime, or amikacin work in vivo. Usually resistant to amoxicillin and macrolides.

Notes

It is what causes the smell of a stinking foot and armpit stink, the organism responsible for the Scholes fortune.

Last update: 05/05/18