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What is it?

MRSAMRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a bacteria that causes infections. The infections can be in different parts of the body. MRSA is tougher to treat than most strains of staph infection because it's resistant to some common antibiotics including amoxicillin and penicillin.

What are the symptoms?

Most often, MRSA causes mild infections on the skin, like sores or boils. But it also can cause more serious skin infections. Sometimes it infects surgical wounds, the bloodstream, the lungs, or the urinary tract. Most MRSA infections aren't serious, but some can be life-threatening.

How is it transmitted?

MRSA is transmitted by contact – either person-to-person or through an object.

How is it treated?

MRSA infections can be treated, but it can take longer to find an antibiotic that works. Often a healthcare provider will drain the infection.

How can it be prevented?

To prevent MRSA, don’t touch other people’s wounds. If you have a wound, keep it covered with a bandage. Be sure to wash your hands often. Use hand sanitizer if you cannot wash your hands. Do not share personal objects such as razors, towels, or clothing.

Where can I find more information?

The following links are reputable sources for additional information on MRSA. See these links and web sites for fact sheets, images, FAQs, educational resources, and other related topics.