MRSA Prevention

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What is MRSA?

MRSA stands for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. It is a bacterial that has developed a resistance to most commonly used antibiotics.

What is community-acquired MRSA?

Outbreaks of MRSA are now being reported in schools, daycare centers and caps. These "community-acquired" MRSA infections, some severe enough to be fatal, are genetically different from hospitals or healthcare-acquired MRSA.

How is MRSA spread from person-to-person?

MRSA most often spreads by direct skin-to-skin contact or surface-to-surface contact.

How can MRSA effect people?

MRSA can affect people in two ways: colonization or infection. When a person carries the flora on the skin or in the nose without showing signs or symptoms of infection the person is said to be colonized. If a person has sighs of infection that are caused by MRSA (such as abscesses, would infections, pneumonia, respiratory infections, blood, stool or urinary tract infections) the person is said to be infected.

What does a staph or MRSA infection look like?

Staph bacteria, including MRSA, can case skin infections that may look like a pimple or boil and can be red, swollen, painful or have pus or other drainage. More serious infections by cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections or surgical would infections.

How can you stop the spread of MRSA?

The single most effective way to help prevent the spread of infection is with proper hand hygiene. Wash hands with an antimicrobial hand soap for at least 15 seconds and rinse with warm running water or apply a hand sanitizer. Also cover any open skin area such as abrasions or cuts with a clean dry bandage; avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors; use a barrier (e.g., clothing or towel) between your skin and shared equipment; and wipe surfaces before and after use with an appropriate EPA-registered disinfectant.

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