Welcome to MRSA Resources
What is MRSA?
MRSA is an acronym for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (and is sometimes referred to as MERSA), and it is an antibiotic resistant Superbug bacteria that grows in clusters, multiplies very rapidly and can cause many different kinds of infection, ranging from simple skin infections (boils, furuncles) to septicemia (infection of the bloodstream) and toxic shock syndrome, and is spreading rapidly in the United States and worldwide.
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Who can get MRSA?
Studies approximate that 30-50 % of the population carry colonies of Staphylococcus aureus on their bodies all of the time. Those most susceptible to becoming sick from it are children, the elderly and others with reduced immune system function from diseases such as diabetes and HIV. MRSA used to be a bacteria that was only found in hospital settings HA-MRSA), but in recent years, MRSA has attacked healthy people who have contracted it within their communities (CA-MRSA). MRSA grows very rapidly in warm, moist areas, and is often seen in athletes and gyms.
Keep up with the latest news about the spread of MRSA in the United States (as well as website updates and events) at MRSA Notes!
What do I do if I think I have MRSA?
First, get to a doctor, preferably one that specializes in Infectious Diseases. If you aren’t comfortable with what he or she tells you, get to another one-but do it quickly. MRSA can multiply at an astounding rate, and invade your body quickly. Second, come back here and learn all you can about MRSA, participate in the MRSA community, ask questions in the forum and join our MRSA chat on every Thursday night at 10pm Eastern time. Third, be positive, have a good attitude and take good care of yourself so that your body can do what it needs to do to fight the infection. You CAN fight this infection, but an early diagnosis will be very helpful.
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How can I prevent MRSA?
Good hygiene is your best defense against MRSA. Wash your hands often, especially after being in contact with other people. Help the efforts to prevent antibiotic resistant bacteria by only using antibiotics when medically necessary, and by completing your whole course of treatment.