Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control

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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Methicilin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph that is not killed by penicillin and similar antibiotics. About 1 out of every 100 people carires MRSA without making them sick. In California over half of all the staph infections are caused by MRSA. MRSA infections do not look any different than those caused by ordinary staph1.

What is Staphylococcus aureus?
Staphyloccocus aureus (staph) are bacteria that many healthy people carry on their skin or in their nose. About 25% to 30% of people in the United States carry staph in their nose, but it does not make them sick. Staph can also be carried in the armpit, groin, rectum, or genital area. Most staph infections are minor and can be treated without antibiotics. However, staph can sometimes cause serious infections like pneumonia, blood or joint infections, and deep skin infections1.

Patient Information
Screening Infection
For NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING Adult and Pediatric Patients with positive MRSA Screen or MRSA Infection:
MRSA Infection Education (Alternate Translations)
1A Guide to MRSA in California. What You Need to Know. Adapted from "A Parent's Guide to MRSA in California" a publication of the California Department of Publich Health Division of Communicable Disease Control Infectious Diseases Branch. www.cdph.ca.gov


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