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What are Staph & MRSA? Staph (Staphlococcus aureus) A type of bacteria that can cause infections Staph bacteria are often found on the skin of healthy.

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1 What are Staph & MRSA? Staph (Staphlococcus aureus) A type of bacteria that can cause infections Staph bacteria are often found on the skin of healthy persons MRSA ( Methicillin-resistant Staphlococcus aureus) A type of staph resistant to certain antibiotics Staph & MRSA can cause skin infections Both Staph & MRSA are able to be treated with antibiotics Often first look like spider bites or bumps that are red, swollen, & painful; sometimes filled with pus Cuts & scrapes and areas of body covered by hair are common places where these infections appear (e.g. neck, groin, armpit, inner thigh)

2 Where do MRSA skin infections occur? MRSA skin infections can occur anywhere Often occur in settings that have one or more of the 5 C’s Crowding Contact (frequent skin-to-skin contact) Compromised skin (cuts, abrasions) Contaminated items & surfaces Cleanliness issues (lack of)

3 How is MRSA transmitted? Skin-to-skin contact Contact with shared items or surfaces that have come in contact with someone else’s infection (e.g. towels, used bandages, razors)

4 How can the spread of MRSA be prevented? Wash hands often with soap & water Keep skin lesions or infections covered with a clean, dry bandage Regularly disinfect surfaces and other items that come into direct contact with infected skin Do not share personal items (i.e., towels, razors)

5 What type of cleaning products are effective against Staph & MRSA? Disinfectants that destroy or inactivate germs and prevent them from growing (SUSD uses an approved disinfectant) Follow instructions & precautions for use


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