Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

What you should know about MRSA and Staph

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics called beta-lactams. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin. In the community, most MRSA infections are skin infections. (CDC)


MRSA in a community is different than in a health care setting

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MRSA is preventable and treatable

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Information for Families

MRSA infections can be very mild or very serious, but MRSA acquired in the hospital or health care setting is a different strain and more serious than MRSA acquired in the community – at home, at school or day care, etc. MRSA rarely causes serious illness when acquired in the community.

MRSA is treatable and, like other bacterial infections, simple precautions will help prevent infection:

If Someone at Home Has MRSA (CDC)

Podcast: "What You Can Do To Protect Yourself And Your Family"
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

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Information for Educators and Child Care Providers

Public Health Reporting

Resources & Toolkits

Information for:

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Information for Health Care Settings

Journals Articles and Related News Stories

New England Journal of Medicine: MRSA Prevention in Healthcare Facilities

Study Finds Drop in Deadly V.A. Hospital Infections - New York Times 04/13/2011 (subscription may be needed to view)

Preventing Infections in Healthcare Settings
CDC’s Safe Healthcare blog is hosting a three-part commentary with the NEJM reports' lead authors and CDC’s Dr. John Jernigan

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Additional Resources

Publication: Living with MRSA
Developed with help from people who are living with MRSA, this booklet provides basic information about caring for yourself and others diagnosed with MRSA.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Resources about MRSA for communities and health care providers and facilities, including fact sheets and other information materials.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department of Washington State has developed a toolkit of resources for schools, parents, healthcare providers and others:

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Department of Health Advisories

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