MRSA: What is it?
MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics that are normally used to treat staph infections.
How do people contract it?
Most people contract MRSA after being in a hospital or some other type of health care facility. For this reason, people in nursing homes or long-term care facilities are at risk for contracting MRSA as well. However, MRSA also affects many people who are otherwise very healthy people. This is known as community-associated MRSA, and affects people in normal communities. It can often spread among people who are athletes, such as high school wrestlers.
How is it treated?