Staph/Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
Information from the Center of Disease Control
Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria commonly found on the skin and in the nose of healthy people. MRSA are staphylococci that are resistant to the antibiotic, methicillin, and other commonly used antibiotics such as Penicillin and Cephalosporins. In 1999, a more virulent and potentially lethal strain of MRSA emerged in the community (CA-MRSA).
Infections are acquired through skin-to-skin contact when coming in contact with contaminated objects or surfaces. CA-MRSA begins as a skin infection, such as pimples and boils that progressively worsen: redness, swelling, pain, pus or drainage.
Preventing the spread of CA-MRSA infections: