Hand hygiene is key – when MRSA enters a family, hands are often what spreads the bacteria. A hand can carry the bacteria from an infected wound, a contaminated surface or from one persons skin to another. Families with an MRSA infected member should wash their hands several times a day.
Families should also be very careful about shared towels, combs, computer keyboards and other items that come in contact with skin if a family member has MRSA. Clean high touch areas such as door handles and light switches on a regular basis. Pets can also carry the infection between family members – avoid stroking and kissing pet animals while MRSA is in your household.