23
April
2014

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?

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