You’ve probably heard of MRSA before, it’s made the news several times but here’s a little more information about this bad bacteria!
- MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections
- Staphylococcus aureus are spherical gram-positive bacteria (it has a very thick peptidoglycan layer), which are immobile and form grape-like clusters.
- About 1 in 3 people carry staph bacteria harmlessly on their skin.
- Up to 1 in every 30 people are colonised by MRSA bacteria. Like other types of staph bacteria, it’s usually harmless and not a cause for concern for most healthy people. However, it can cause problems if it’s able to enter the body or it infects someone in poor health.
- MRSA bacteria are usually spread through skin-to-skin contact with someone who has an MRSA infection or has the bacteria living on their skin.
- MRSA is common in hospitals, this can be because you have lots of people and unwell people are more susceptible to MRSA infection.
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