It is caused by minute bacteria (micrococcus melitensis) and is a very infectious but not usually contagious disease.
Either kill the micrococcus or heal the wound, and you are free from both.
A specific micro-organism, the micrococcus melitensis, was discovered in 1887, and it was traced to the milk of the Maltese goats.
The bacteria were chiefly staphylococci, rarely the pneumococcus or the micrococcus catarrhalis.
This germ is closely related to Conn's micrococcus of bitter milk.
Cocci exhibit this movement, but with the exception of the micrococcus agilis, the cocci are non-motile.
The nitrifying organism has been submitted as yet to but little microscopical study; it is apparently a micrococcus.
The growth appears limited to micrococcus and bacillus rods, while spores or bacillus threads are never found.
The cause of this luminosity is micrococcus phosphorens, an immotile round, or almost round organism.
micrococcus mi·cro·coc·cus (mī'krō-kŏk'əs)
n. pl mi·cro·coc·ci (-kŏk'sī', -kŏk'ī')
A bacterium of the genus Micrococcus.
Micrococcus Mi·cro·coc·cus (mī'krō-kŏk'əs)
A genus of aerobic, gram-positive, spherical bacteria that occur singly, in pairs, or in irregular masses and are saprophytic or parasitic but not pathogenic.