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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.