MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) causes a serious, antibiotic-resistant infection.

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It causes a staph infection (pronounced “staff”) that is resistant to several common antibiotics. There are two types of infection. Hospital-associated MRSA happens to people in healthcare settings. Community-associated MRSA happens to people who have close skin-to-skin contact with others, such as athletes involved in football and wrestling.

Targeted infection control is key to stopping MRSA in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. 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, see a healthcare provider. Treatments may include draining the infection and treating with antibiotics.

Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH): National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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