Otherwise innocuous bacteria can cause deadly infections when people have surgery or fall ill. To prevent trouble, patients sometimes have their bodies scrubbed clean of Staphylococcus aureus. But it doesn't always work.
That may because the germs thrive in upper recesses of the nose, far from the spots typically tested for staph bacteria, or where antibiotics are applied.
Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine voyaged up the nose to meet the natives — the bacteria that live in these warm, dark places. They found that staph germs just love the middle and upper nose cavity, much more so than the relatively arid nostrils.
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