What is MRSA
Staphylococcus aureus (“staph”) is a germ commonly found in the nose and on the skin.
MRSA is a less common type of Staphylococcus aureus that is resistant to certain antibiotics. MRSA stands for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.

What is the difference between colonization and infection?
A person can be colonized, meaning the germs are present on the body without causing illness. Infection means the germs have found a way into the body tissues and are making the person sick.

What to do
Staph can spread easily among people living in close contact. Here are some things you can do to avoid passing the germ on to your family and friends. 

  • People taking care of those who have MRSA should wash their hands or use alcohol hand rub before and after ANY contact with the person who has MRSA.  
  • Tell family members and others in close contact to wash their hands. 
  • Hand rubs that contain at least 60% alcohol are the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs. They should be used if your hands are not visibly soiled.  
  • If your hands are visibly soiled, or a hand rub product is not available, you should wash your hands for at least 15 seconds with soap and water. 
  • Keep any infected wound or skin lesion covered with clean, dry bandages. 

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