Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a potentially serious infection that resists antibiotics. MRSA can affect the skin, blood, bones, or lungs. A person can either be infected or colonized with MRSA.
There are two types of MRSA infections:
- Community-acquired—getting the infection outside of a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or clinic
- Nosocomial—getting the infection while inside a healthcare setting
MRSA can spread several ways:
- Contaminated surfaces
- From one area of the body to another
Last reviewedAugust 2014by Michael Woods, MD
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