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Staph/MRSA

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a type of bacteria that is resistant to several antibiotics.

In the community (where you live, work, shop, and go to school), MRSA most often causes skin infections. In some cases, it causes pneumonia (lung infection) and other infections. If left untreated, MRSA infections can become severe and cause sepsis—the body’s extreme response to an infection.

In places such as a hospital or nursing home, MRSA can cause severe problems such as bloodstream infections, pneumonia, or surgical site infections.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is MRSA spread in the community?

MRSA is usually spread in the community by contact with infected people or things that are carrying the bacteria. This includes through contact with a contaminated wound or by sharing personal items, such as towels or razors, that have touched infected skin. The opioid epidemic may also be connected to the rise of staph infections in communities. People who inject drugs are 16 times more likely to develop a serious staph infection.

How common is MRSA?

Approximately 5% of patients in U.S. hospitals carry MRSA in their nose or on their skin.

How can I prevent a MRSA Infection?
  • Maintain good hand and body hygiene. Clean hands often, and clean your body regularly, especially after exercise.
  • Keep cuts, scrapes, and wounds clean and covered until healed.
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as towels and razors.
  • Get care early if you think you might have an infection.
How do I prevent the spread of MRSA?
  • Cover your wounds with clean, dry bandages until healed.
  • Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions about proper care of the wound. Pus from infected wounds can contain MRSA.
  • Do not pick at or pop the sore.
  • Throw away bandages and tape with the regular trash.
  • Clean your hands often.
You, your family, and others in close contact should wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub, especially after changing a bandage.
  • Do not share personal items such as towels, washcloths, razors, and clothing, including uniforms.
  • Wash laundry before use by others and clean your hands after touching dirty clothes.

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