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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA causes a staph infection that is resistant to several common antibiotics. There are two types of infection; hospital associated MRSA which is acquired in healthcare settings and community associated MRSA which occurs when individuals have close skin-to-skin contact with others, such as athletes involved in football and wrestling.

Infection control is key to preventing MRSA in hospitals. To prevent community associated MRSA

  • Practice good hygiene
  • Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed
  • Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages
  • Avoid sharing personal items, such as towels, washcloths, razors, or clothes
  • Wash soiled sheets, towels and clothes in hot water with bleach and dry in a hot dryer

If a wound appears to be infected, an individual should be seen by a healthcare provider. Treatment may include draining the infection and antibiotics.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

For more information, please click here http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mrsa/DS00735

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