Staph infection

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Staph infection

Infection with Staphylococcus bacteria. These bacteria can infect any part of the body.
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Q. What is MRSA? I’ve heard on the news that some hospitals have a higher rate of MRSA infection. What is MRSA?

MRSA - Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is a nick name for a specific subtype of bacteria from the Staph bacteria family, which is found resistant to many of the common antibiotics that are in use today. This is due to a mutation development in the Staph bacteria, which allowed it to grow resistance against the killing ingredient in common antibiotics, therefore making it a harder infection to treat and cure. Hospitals keep track of their MRSA infections for epidemiological reasons, in order to get a perspective on bacterial resistance to antibiotics, hoping new and more effective antibiotic medication will be researched.

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MRSA can be spread like any other staph infection, through skin-to-skin contact and can get into the body through untreated skin injuries, Dr.
In recent years, so-called "super bug" staph infections have spread through schools, prisons, dormitories, health clubs and recreation centers.
Frequent hand washing, clean floors/ surfaces and wearing shoes are simple measures that can prevent the spread of Staph infections in buildings.
The cleanest person can get a Staph infection. Staph can rub off the skin of an infected person onto the skin of another person during prolonged (skin to skin) contact between them.
FITCHBURG - Less than two months after a 12-year-old Webster girl died from a rare form of pneumonia, two Fitchburg students have been diagnosed with the same antibiotic-resistant staph infection.
Food and Drug Administration announced its clearance for marketing the first rapid blood test for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to be used only in patients suspected of a staph infection, not to monitor treatment for staph.
- The Port Townsend School District has canceled a preschool class at one of its elementary schools after confirming a second case of a drug-resistant staph infection.
See your doctor immediately to confirm diagnosis and get specific treatment to eradicate the staph infection.
The fight was scheduled for Atlantic City, but Pavlik was unable to begin training because of a stubborn staph infection.
What she didn't say was that one of the defendants who had just left the courtroom had a drug-resistant staph infection.
The Boards of Health in Northboro, Shrewsbury and Westboro are advising people to practice good hygiene to prevent a staph infection known as MRSA (pronounced mersa).