Biological and molecular characterization of South African bacteriophages infective against Staphylococcus aureus

subsp. aureus Rosenbach 1884 – the causal agent of bovine mastitis.

Control measures for bovine mastitis based on antibiotics provide only temporary relief before the antibiotics are rendered obsolete by resistance. Amongst the wide array of microbes that are able to cause mastitis, Staphylococcus aureus subsp. aureus remains the major causal agent. The application of lytic bacteriophages could provide disease control in a far more sustainable manner than either antibiotics or cultural control measures alone.