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Information about MRSA

The facts about MRSA (staphylococcus aureus) or staph infections:

  • It is a germ that is carried by everyone on their skin or in their nose.
  • If it gets into an open cut or wound it can cause infection that may appear like a pimple or boil and could be mistaken for a spider/insect bite.
  • It may be resistant to many antibiotics and is spread by skin to skin contact through openings in the skin, contaminated items and surfaces, crowded living conditions and poor hygiene.

To help stop the spread of MRSA and other germs, you must:

  • WASH YOUR HANDS!!!! often with soap and water or alcohol based hand wipes or gel sanitizers
  • Stay away from sick people or from others if you are sick
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and cover your cuts and abrasions.
  • Bleach to disinfect counters, sinks, tubs, knobs etc.
  • Don't share personal items like towels and washcloths
  • WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!

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