MRSA is a staph bacteria. Bacteria can live outside your body. Viruses will die if they can’t get inside you. Staph can often live quietly on your skin until it finds a cut, wound or graze to infect. MRSA is a highly drug resistant variety of the basic staphylococcus aureus infection.
It is found on the skin of 1% of people – but 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 – MRSA is harder to treat as less drugs are available to combat it. MRSA is often caught in hospitals but is becoming common in the community.
Find out more – see MRSA questions to your right
MRSA Symptoms – what are they?
What is MRSA?
Is MRSA infection different from MERSA?
MRSA Test – How is MRSA detected
Is MRSA Infection Contagious?
Can you catch MRSA from skin contact?
How does MRSA spread in the family?
Is MRSA airborne?
More MRSA infection questions below. Use the comments box below for your questions.
How do you catch MRSA
Is MRSA just a hospital infection?
Is there an MRSA incubation period?
Exposure to MRSA – Should I be worried?
What about sex and MRSA?
MRSA Skin – Catching MRSA from skin contact?
Chronic MRSA – I keep getting MRSA?
How do you catch MRSA?