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MRSA Prevention and Precaution

MRSA prevention is important. MRSA infections refer to the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections of the epidermis.

Normally, the S. Aureus bacterium is not harmful and is easily controlled by the body’s immune system or modern antibiotics. Recently, however, a methicillin-resistant strain of the staph infection is spreading through places where groups of people gather, such as schools and hospitals. Here are some guidelines for the prevention of Staph. Aureus, summarized from those presented by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The CDC says that the skin infection is transmitted in areas or circumstances found in the “5 C’s.” These include 1) Crowding, 2) Frequent Contact that is skin to skin, 3) Skin that is Compromised (cut, bruised, etc.), 4) Things and surfaces that are Contaminated, and 5) poor Cleanliness. Avoiding these five things can enhance the prevention of contracting M.R.S.A.

1. Crowding. This occurs when many people are gathered together, especially for extended periods of time. Such places include schools (especially college dormitories), daycare centers, prisons, hospitals, barracks, and so on. Unless sufficient infection precautions are taken, the possibility of encountering the methicillin-resistant bacterial infection rises.

2. Skin Contact. Preventing the spread of MRSA includes avoiding skin to skin contact, especially with an infected person. Even clean looking skin can have the infection on it if it has contacted an infected person. Victims with any mrsa disease symptom (as seen in news pictures) should consult a doctor immediately. Furthermore, part of effective S. Aureus prevention is to keep all skin staph sores completely covered.

3. Compromised Skin. It just makes sense that skin that is open or damaged makes it easier for the staph germs to enter the system. Even if you have no staph symptoms, keep all open sores and wounds securely covered.

4. Contamination. Contaminated skin should be avoided to prevent staph infections, but what about other surfaces? Before you turn that next door knob, use a number pad, or flush a public toilet, think about how many other people touched those things before you. Did they have Staphylococcus aureus? There is no way to tell. Clean surfaces and high-touch areas with a good antimicrobial cleaner.

5. Cleanliness. Good cleanliness is key to preventing any disease, especially this staph bacterium. One likely path for catching the MRSA “virus” is touching your hands to eyes, nose, or mouth. People with skin staph infections may have touched surfaces you just touched. An inadvertent touch of your now-infected hand to your mucous membranes might introduce the Aureus bacillus into your body. Keep yourself clean, and especially wash your hands often.

Use common sense and follow these five guidelines and precautions, and you are well on your way to MRSA prevention.

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