Mercer infection is a phrase used when talking about MRSA, which is a drug resistant version of the common staphylococcus aureus bacteria. It may also be called mercer staph infection. MRSA bacteria is found on the skin of 1-10% of people, depending on where you live. Bacteria may live quietly on your skin until they find a cut, wound or graze to infect. ‘Mercer infections’ can often be treated by incision and drainage of the infected area, but various antibiotics may be suggested, depending on what MRSA strain you have.
It is sometimes called the mercer virus, but MRSA is a bacteria. Viruses require a host, they will die if they can’t get inside you. Bacteria can survive on surfaces on their own. Ordinary staph is on the skin of up to 35% of people. Both MRSA and staph can cause infections on your skin or in wounds but MRSA is harder to treat as there less drugs that are able to combat it.
How do you catch MRSA?
You can catch MRSA in the home, in the hospital or in certain public environments. It is often accidentally left behind by an MRSA carrier on hard surfaces where it can survive for weeks. Sport, sex and shared household items can also be part of the MRSA transmission chain. Read More
What are the symptoms of MRSA?
For many people their experience of MRSA will be related to a skin condition. But MRSA can also find it’s way into the bloodstream and cause infections that can only be diagnosed via blood tests and other medical technology. Read More
How is MRSA (Mercer Infection) treated?
There are 4 different types of treatment – these range from incision and drainage of a wound to specific drug treatment for the strain of MRSA you may have. Read More
How can I protect myself against MRSA?
We have a guide to protecting yourself. Discover more about hand washing, surface hygiene and ways of protecting your family when one of you has MRSA. Read More