What is MRSA?
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria resistant to many forms of antibiotics. Many people carry it in their nose or on their skin. Most infections affect the skin, but MRSA can also infect other organs. Without treatment, infections can be life threatening, causing severe complications like sepsis or endocarditis.
Because of its resistance to typical antibiotics, it can be difficult to get rid of. Preventing MRSA infections is the easiest way to protect your students and their families.
Resources for athletics
- 5 Steps to Take if You Think an Athlete Might Have a Skin Infection
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Athletic Facilities for MRSA
- Prevention Steps for Athletes
- Posters for the Athletic Community
General resources for schools
- Environmental Cleaning & Disinfecting for MRSA
- Laundry – washing fabrics to prevent MRSA
- Information for School Officials – includes notifications, exclusions, and cleaning information
- Protect yourself against MRSA flyer
- Standard and contact precautions for working with patients infected with MRSA.