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MRSA is the acronym
for Methicillin Resistant Staphlococcus aureus bacteria. MRSA is a
strain of the common Staphlococcus aureus bacteria that has mutated and
become unable to be killed by commonly used antibiotics. Previously it
was found almost exclusively in hospitals, but now it is a rapidly
growing problem in our communities (CA-MRSA, or Community Acquired MRSA).
The MRSA bacteria
is easily passed from one person to another, but these common sense
precautions can help reduce the risk.
Keep personal items
personal. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, razors, soap,
clothing or athletic equipment.
Keep wounds covered. Keep
cuts and abrasions clean and covered with a sterile dry bandage until
they heal. The bandage should adhere to the skin on all sides.
Wash your hands. Careful
hand washing remains the best defense against germs. Encourage everyone
to scrub their hands briskly for at least 20 seconds, then dry them with
a disposable towel. Turn the faucet off and open the restroom door with
another disposable towel. Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer
containing at least 62 % alcohol for times when there is not access to
soap and water.
Clean surfaces daily –
tables, door knobs, sinks/faucets, etc. with commercial disinfectant or
a 1:100 solution of diluted Clorox bleach (1 tablespoon bleach in 1
quart of water)
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