Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

Public Health Fact Sheet

What is MRSA?
Staphylococcus aureus or “staph” are bacteria that live on the skin and in the nose. They are usually harmless. MRSA is a type of staph infection that is resistant to antibiotics that are typically used to treat this disease.

How is MRSA spread?
MRSA bacteria can spread by touching the infected skin or wound of anyone who has MRSA.  It can also be spread by sharing objects such as towels or athletic equipment with someone who has MRSA.

How is MRSA treated?
Since MRSA is resistant to many antibiotics, it can be hard to treat. However, some antibiotics can successfully cure MRSA infections.

How is MRSA be prevented?
The best way to prevent MRSA is to practice good hygiene which will help prevent skin infections.  Clean hands often and clean your body regularly, particularly after exercise.  Keep cuts, scrapes, and wounds clean and covered until healed.  Avoid  sharing personal items such as towels and razors.  Get care early if you think you have an infection.

Additional information is available on the CDC website at
Symptoms of MRSA
*Most S. aureus skin infections, including MRSA, appear as a bump or infected area on the skin that might be:
  • Red
  • Swollen
  • Painful
  • Warm to the touch
  • Full of pus or other drainage
  • Accompanied by a fever

February 2020