Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA infection is a condition caused by staph bacteria, which may resist different antibiotics. These microorganisms tend to live on the skin and nose without any harmful effects. Nevertheless, an MRSA infection may happen when they start to multiply out of control due to a break or cut in the skin. The condition is very contagious and would spread from person to person through direct contact. In this article, we’ll list some common symptoms and causes of MRSA infection that you should know.
HA-MRSA versus CA-MRSA
MRSA infections can be classified into HA-MRSA (hospital-acquired) or CA-MRSA (community-acquired):
– HA-MRSA is linked to infections occurring in hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities. It may spread through direct contact with contaminated hands, infected wounds, or poorly sanitized medical stuff. This form would lead to severe issues, such as pneumonia and blood infections.
– CA-MRSA is linked to infections spread through close contact with a person who has the infection. Common causes of this type include improper handwashing and poor hygiene.