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What is MRSA?

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MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It's one of many strains of a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus -- or staph, for short. Staph bacteria are common on skin and inside nostrils. Staph infection was first reported in humans more than 40 years ago.

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Should I Worry About MRSA?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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