MRSA

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection

What is MRSA?

MRSA is a bacteria that causes infection throughout different parts of the body. This bacterial infection is difficult to treat since it is resistant to most antibiotics. Celluitis or Abcess or draining pus is often one of the first signs and symptoms of MRSA infections. MRSA infections first start out as small as a bump but overtime the infection can spread throughout your body.

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of MRSA is established by the culture of the bacteria from an infected area. Any area of the skin with pus, abscesses, or blisters should be cultured for MRSA

How the Disease is Transmitted and Who gets it?

It's transmitted from skin-to-skin contact. At-risk populations include groups such as high school wrestlers, child care workers and people who live in crowded conditions.

Frequency of the disease

"Approximately 126,000 hospitalizations are due to MRSA yearly. Recent data suggest that MRSA causes a large percentage of all skin and soft-tissue infections. Serious MRSA infections occur in approximately 94,000 people each year and are associated with approximately 19,000 deaths,"