FIELD OF MEDICINE: Preventing the Spread of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in the Community

FIELD OF MEDICINE: Preventing the Spread of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in the Community

Who are at risk?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone is at risk of acquiring MRSA especially when a person comes in close contact with another person who is infected by MRSA. The spread of the bacteria can happen through direct contact with an infected wound or through indirect contact by using personal items of a person infected with MRSA such as towels or clothes.

How can I avoid being infected by MRSA?
It is best to take precautionary measures at all times to reduce the risk of MRSA infection. It is important to maintain good hygiene by washing our hands and body regularly. For those who have cuts or wounds, clean them properly and keep them covered until they are fully healed. Refrain from sharing your personal items to other people or borrowing other people’s things. If you think or feel you have signs and symptoms of MRSA infection, go to your health care provider right away to get proper treatment.

What should I do when I become infected with MRSA?
Cover the infected area of your skin with a bandage and contact your health care provider immediately. Through obtaining bacteria to test and culture, doctors or nurses can determine if MRSA is really the cause of the infection and can then give proper treatment. Do not pick or pop the skin sore or boil. Make sure you wash your hands properly to prevent the spread of the bacteria.

How can I prevent spreading MRSA?
Adhere to the instructions given by your health care provider about the proper treatment of your wound. Cover your wounds with dry and clean bandages until they are fully healed. This will help reduce contamination of the bacteria to other people that you come in contact with. It is also advisable to wash your hands regularly especially after cleaning the wound. Refrain from sharing personal items. Wash your clothes, towels, and bed sheets properly. Kindly advise your family members and people around you to do the same. Make sure you treat the infection promptly to avoid spreading and further complications to your health.