MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a bacterial infection that resists treatment by commonly-used antibiotics. Usually occurring in hospital or healthcare settings, MRSA has more recently begun to appear in the community as well.
MRSA remains an important public health concern. Most cases of invasive MRSA are healthcare-associated. However, studies indicate that the rates of invasive MRSA are falling.
Community-associated MRSA typically shows up as a skin infection. Rates of these infections have risen rapidly over the last 10 years and there is no indication that risk of community-associated MRSA infection is decreasing. Therefore MSDH is working to prevent MRSA by providing the public and healthcare providers with educational and prevention information.
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