MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a bacteria that is responsible for many hard-to-treat infections. The bacteria is often referred to as a "super bug," because it cannot be killed with certain antibiotics, including common ones like penicillin and amoxicillin. MRSA most often causes painful skin infections, but it can also lead to infections of the urinary tract, blood, and lungs. Some of these infections can be life-threatening. People who are in the hospital are more likely to get severe MRSA infections. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how MRSA is contracted, what the symptoms are, how to treat it, and much more.
MRSA and Other Hospital Acquired Infections: Reducing Your Risks
Hospital-acquired infections are common. WebMD provides tips for avoiding staph and other infections after surgery.
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)-References
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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)-Overview
What is methicillin - resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)?Methicillin - resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are a type of staphylococcus or "staph" bacteria that are resistant to many antibiotics. Staph bacteria, like other kinds of bacteria, normally live on your skin and in your nose, usually without causing problems. MRSA is different from other types of staph because it cannot be treated
Understanding MRSA Infection
Learn more from WebMD experts about MRSA, a contagious and antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria that leads to potentially dangerous infections.