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How can you prevent the spread of MRSA infection?

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To help prevent the spread of MRSA infection, do this:

Unless your doctor says otherwise, your child can continue attending school, even with an MRSA infection, as long as the infected skin can be kept entirely covered and contained with a clean and dry bandage.

  • Change any bandages often. Do it before you can see any drainage through the bandage.
  • Wear gloves while cleaning a wound or changing bandages.
  • Carefully dispose of used bandages.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after you finish or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Clean surfaces with detergent-based cleaners or EPA-registered disinfectants.
  • Use separate hand towels, washcloths, and towels.
  • Encourage showers instead of baths.

From: MRSA and Staph Infections in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Should I Worry About MRSA?"

Naseri, I. , January 2009. Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery

American Medical Association: "Study notes continued MRSA upsurge in kids' ENT infections."

Milstone, A.M. . April 2010. Emerging Infectious Diseases

CDC: "FAQs: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "About MRSA Skin Infections;" "Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "National MRSA Education Initiative: Preventing MRSA Skin Infections;" and "MRSA Fact Sheet for Early Childhood Care and Education Professionals."

Cincinnati Children's: "Oxacillin Resistant Staph aureus (ORSA) - Methicillin Resistant Staph aureus (MRSA)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Should I Worry About MRSA?"

Naseri, I. , January 2009. Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery

American Medical Association: "Study notes continued MRSA upsurge in kids' ENT infections."

Milstone, A.M. . April 2010. Emerging Infectious Diseases

CDC: "FAQs: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "About MRSA Skin Infections;" "Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "National MRSA Education Initiative: Preventing MRSA Skin Infections;" and "MRSA Fact Sheet for Early Childhood Care and Education Professionals."

Cincinnati Children's: "Oxacillin Resistant Staph aureus (ORSA) - Methicillin Resistant Staph aureus (MRSA)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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