Monday, January 4, 2016

What is MRSA?

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

Who can get MRSA?

Anyone can get MRSA through direct contact with an infected wound or by sharing personal items, such as towels or razors, that have touched infected skin. MRSA infection risk can be increased when a person is in certain activities or places that involve crowding, skin-to-skin contact, and shared equipment or supplies. This might include athletes, daycare and school students, military personnel in barracks, and people who recently received inpatient medical care.

Studies show that about one in three people carry staph in their nose, usually without any illness. Two in 100 people carry MRSA. There are not data showing the total number of people who get MRSA skin infections in the community.

How to prevent MRSA
There are the personal hygiene steps you can take to reduce your risk of MRSA infection:
  • Maintain good hand and body hygiene. Wash hands often, and clean 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.

  • What does MRSA look like? Check out these images


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