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How can methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) affect your body?

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Once it gets into your bloodstream, MRSA can settle anywhere. It can affect your spleen, kidney, spine, heart, bones, joints, or breasts. Very rarely, staph can result in necrotizing fasciitis, or "flesh-eating" bacterial infections. These are serious skin infections that spread very quickly. Only a handful of necrotizing fasciitis cases have been reported.

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Academy of Family Physicians. Capriotti, T. , Jan. 26, 2004. Johnson, L. , 2005. WebMD Feature: "Drug-Resistant Staph Spreads Across U.S."




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SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Academy of Family Physicians. Capriotti, T. , Jan. 26, 2004. Johnson, L. , 2005. WebMD Feature: "Drug-Resistant Staph Spreads Across U.S."




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