A: MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a potentially dangerous type of staph
bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections. You
can get MRSA through direct contact with an infected person or by sharing personal items
such as towels or razors that have touched infected skin.
Q: o is atisk?
A: Crowded or populated locations can be breeding grounds for staph bugs. Patients in hospitals
and healthcare facilities are at risk. Other areas at risk and of growing concern include schools,
dormitories, military barracks, correctional facilities, daycare centers, even homes.
Q:at are theymptoms of a MRSA infection? A: Typically, staph-related skin infections may look like a pimple or boil and can be red, swollen, painful, feel warm to the touch, have pus
or drainage, and be accompanied by a fever
Q: How is MRSApread? A: It is usually transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact or contact with surfaces that have been directly exposed to another person’s infection.
event thepread of MRSA if you have it.
Prevent spreading MRSA skin infections to others by following these steps:
1. Cover your wound.
Keep wounds that are draining, or have pus, covered with clean, dry bandages until healed. Follow your healthcare provider’s
instructions on proper care of the wound. Pus from infected wounds can contain staph, including MRSA, so keeping the infection
covered will help prevent the spread to others. Bandages and tape can be discarded with the regular trash.
2. Clean your hands.
You, your family, and others in close contact should wash their hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based
hand rub, especially after changing the bandage or touching the infected wound.
3. Do nothare personal items.
Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, washcloths, razors, clothing, or uniforms that may have had contact with the
infected wound or bandage. Wash sheets, towels, and clothes that become soiled with water and laundry detergent. Use a dryer
to dry clothes completely.
4. Maintain a clean environment.
Establish cleaning procedures for frequently touched surfaces and surfaces that come into direct contact with your skin.
5. Talk to your doctor.
Tell any healthcare providers, doctors or nurse practitioners who treat you that you have or have had a staph or MRSA skin infection. There are things that
can be done to protect people who carry staph/MRSA from getting an infection or spreading it to others when they are in the hospital or have surgery.
**For the latest recommendations from the CDC on proper surface cleaning and disinfections, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/.