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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:

  • Wash hands with soap & water or use an alcohol based sanitizer. Keep open wounds, sores, cuts covered with clean bandages.
  • Don’t share personal items such as towels, clothing/uniforms, razors, antiperspirants and soap.
  • Use a towel or layer of clothing between bare skin and surfaces of shared equipment (benches, exercise machines).
  • Wipe surfaces of share equipment with a disinfectant before and after use.
  • Inform your school nurse if you have been or are being treated for MRSA.
  • Seek medical attention from your physician if you suspect you have an MRSA infection.