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MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus)

Concerned about MRSA? Get the facts here, including links to numerous websites with useful information about MRSA for members of the public, schools and clinicians. Resources available include information sheets, brochures, posters and toolkits.

MRSA is a type of "staph" skin infection that has become resistant to some antibiotics such as penicillin. Bacteria may develop resistance to antibiotics when they are used but are not needed or not taken as directed.

Until recently, people most often got MRSA infections when they had open wounds, burns, and/or tubes inserted in their bodies for medical treatment and were hospitalized or stayed in a nursing home. Now MRSA skin infections are becoming more common among adults and children who have not stayed in hospitals or nursing homes.

MRSA infections can be mild or very serious and are spread through skin to skin contact or less frequently by touching surfaces that have MRSA on them. The best way to protect against MRSA infections is frequent hand washing with soap and water.

Individual case reports of MRSA are not reportable in Michigan; therefore, the number of cases for either Healthcare Associated MRSA (HA-MRSA) or Community Associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) is unknown. An outbreak is defined as three or more culture-positive cases in a facility or in a community setting that are connected. An outbreak that meets this definition is reportable to the local health department.

Use these links for additional information about MRSA and MRSA resources for members of the public, schools, clinicians.

Michigan Department of Community Health Issues Guidance To Communities On MRSA,1607,7-192--178951--,00.html

School Resources

MRSA Fact Sheet
Washtenaw County Public Health Department

General Resources

MRSA: What You Should Know (Brochure)
Michigan Department of Community Health

Protect Yourself from MRSA and Other Infections (Poster)
Michigan Department of Community Health

Overview of Healthcare-Associated Infections
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Healthcare-Associated Infections
Michigan Department of Community Health


Page updated 4/12/12

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