Staph Infection: Question and Answer
What is MRSA?
Who gets MRSA?
Just as S. aureus can be carried on the skin or in the nose without causing any disease, MRSA can be carried in this way also. This is known as colonization.
MRSA infections are usually mild, superficial infections of the skin that can be treated successfully with proper skin care and antibiotics. MRSA, however, can be difficult to treat and can progress to life-threatening blood or bone infections because there are fewer effective antibiotics available for treatment.
MRSA infections occur commonly among persons in hospitals and healthcare facilities. However, MRSA can cause illness in persons outside of hospitals and healthcare facilities as well. Cases of MRSA infection in the community have been associated with recent antibiotic use, sharing contaminated items, having recurrent skin diseases, and living in crowded settings. Clusters of skin infections caused by MRSA have been described among injecting drug-users; aboriginals in Canada, New Zealand and Australia; Native Americans in the United States; incarcerated persons; players of close-contact sports; men who have sex with men (MSM); and other populations. Most of the transmission in these settings appeared to be from people with active MRSA skin infections.
How do I know if I got MRSA from the community or from a healthcare setting?
If my doctor or healthcare provider has told me that I have an
MRSA skin infection, what can I do to prevent others from getting infected?
What is the mortality rate of CA-MRSA?
Last Editorial Review: 8/22/2003
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