What Is Sarcina Lutea?

Sarcina lutea is a gram-positive cocci bacteria that belongs to the Clostridiaceae family of bacteria. It is generally found in the skin and large intenstine. However, it enters the human body after it has come into contact with contaminated soil, mud, rabbits, water, and guinea pigs. It is found all over the world.

History of Sarcina Lutea

Sarcina was first discovered to be a human pathogen by Goodsire in 1843. It has become a well-described pathogen, especially in veterinary medicine. It has more recently become implicated as a human gastrointestinal disease within people who carry a history of gastrointestinal surgery and delayed gastric emptying.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Sarcina Lutea

Most of the symptoms exhibited by people infected with Sarcina lutea include gastrointestinal symptoms such as :

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Appetite loss
  • Aching muscles
  • Dehydration
  • Headaches
  • Bloody stool
  • Dramatic weight loss

Additionally, emphysematous gastritis, gastric perforation, gastric ulcers, and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract may also present themselves as symptoms.

How You Can Treat Sarcina Lutea

To treat a bacterial infection caused by Sarcina lutea, it is possible to use a combination of two antibiotics, along with a proton pump inhibitor. Occasionally, bismuth is included within a treatment method.

If it is a milder infection, it may be possible to treat it by doing the following:

  • Drink fluids frequently throughout the entire day, especially after having diarrhea.
  • Eat small portions and eat frequently, including salty foods.
  • Eat foods and drink beverages containing potassium.
  • Avoid taking any medications before speaking with a doctor.


To prevent this bacterial infection, wash your hands after going to the bathroom, as well as prior to handling food. Avoid close contact with anyone who is infected until at least 48 hours until they are cured.

You will also want to avoid unpasteurized milk, raw meat, and raw shellfish. Additional preventative measures to take include using separate cutting boards for meats and produce. Wash all produce thoroughly. Keep perishable food refrigerated when it is no longer needed to be out.

There are other preventative measures you can take, which include the following:

  • Keep your kitchen clean at all times.
  • Wash your hands before preparing any food, after touching animals, and before eating.
  • Drink bottled water when in developing nations.


The cure for Sarcina lutea involves taking antibiotics to stamp out its presence within the body. The use of a combination of antibiotics can help very effectively.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Sarcina lutea usually leads to gastrointestinal infection, which is also something other bacteria can lead to as well. With basic hygiene, it can generally be avoided.

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly. Our Path-Guard® system and Path-Away Anti-Pathogenic Aerosol Solution® can kill Sarcina lutea, as well as other bacteria and viruses, in under five minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your place is a healthier space. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.