Staph and MRSA Infections

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Staphylococcus aureus, often referred to simply as "staph," are bacteria commonly carried on the skin or in the noses of healthy people. Sometimes, staph can cause an infection. Staph bacteria are one of the most common causes of skin infections in the United States.

"Some staph bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. MRSA is a type of staph that is resistant to antibiotics called beta-lactams. Almost all MRSA skin infections can be effectively treated. More serious infections, such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections or bone infections, are very rare in healthy people who get MRSA skin infections."

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Last modified: 2010-11-05 11:33:13