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Environmental Health - Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

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MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, some strains of which may be resistant to several antibiotics. MRSA behave in the same way as ordinary S. aureus and do not cause different or more serious infections. However, infections with MRSA can be more difficult to treat as we have fewer antibiotics with which to treat them and sometimes suitable antibiotics cannot be swallowed and must be given by injection. For these reasons, there is concern about MRSA in hospitals and patients with MRSA may be isolated in side rooms or special wards, and strict precautions taken to prevent spread to others.

Until recently, the health concern of MRSA was the hospital setting. MRSA cases in hospitals were increasing. In this presentation we are discussing “community acquired MRSA”, which is the disease acquired outside of the hospital environment.

MRSA is not a disease that is required to be reported to the health department.

You can also purchase a computer based training CD ROM on MRSA from us. Please see our Computer Based Training page or you can contact:
Dawn M. Hewitt at (386) 822-6250 extension 5583.

Page last updated: 06/25/13