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MRSA Is A Miserable Staph Infection

John Gray

Staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, a type of germ commonly found on the skin or in the nose. Most of the time, these bacteria cause no problems or result in relatively minor skin infections.

But staph infections can turn deadly if the bacteria invade deeper into your body, like through a cut in the skin.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that's become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections.

MRSA is spread by contact. So, you could get MRSA by touching another person who has it on the skin. Or you could get it by touching objects that have the bacteria on them. Most MRSA infections occur in people who have been in hospitals or other health care settings, such as nursing homes and dialysis centers.

Another type of MRSA infection has occurred in the wider community — among healthy people. This form often begins as a painful skin boil. It's spread by skin-to-skin contact. At-risk populations include groups such as high school wrestlers, child care workers and people who live in crowded conditions.



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