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MRSA is the acronym for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It causes an infection that is resistant to several common antibiotics. There are two types of infection. Hospital-associated MRSA affects patients in healthcare settings. Community-associated MRSA can be transmitted to otherwise healthy people whohave close skin-to-skin contact with an infected person, or athletes involved in football and wrestling who may contract the bacteria on a mat or piece of equipment.

Infection control is key to stopping MRSA in hospitals. To prevent community-associated MRSA, practice good hygiene. Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed. Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages. Avoid sharing personal items, such as towels, washcloths, razors, or clothes. Wash soiled sheets, towels and clothes in hot water with bleach and dry in a hot dryer. (Source: National Library of Medicine)


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