Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

An infected cut or open sore could be a sign of a serious bacterial infection called MRSA. While many skin infections are mild, MRSA is resistant to a number of antibiotics and can even be fatal if left untreated. You can catch it by touching or brushing against an infected area on someone’s skin.

What Is MRSA?

MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a bacterial infection that is resistant to certain antibiotics. Many people – 25% to 30% in the United States – have Staph (staphylococcal) bacteria on their skin and in their noses. These bacteria are generally harmless, but they sometimes cause infection through breaks in the skin.

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