MRSA Is Preventable, Treatable

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Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

Health Department is advising Vermonters to take simple precautions to prevent the spread of infections such as MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

MRSA is a particular strain of staph infection that has, over time, become resistant to treatment by certain antibiotics - but it is both preventable and treatable.

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"Staph is an age-old and very common bacteria that lives on the skin or in the nose of healthy people," said Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN. "The strain of staph known as MRSA has made news recently, but MRSA is not new, it rarely causes serious illness when acquired in the community, and it is both preventable and treatable."

MRSA is spread by skin-to-skin contact through breaks in the skin or, less commonly, by touching surfaces that have the bacteria on them. MRSA infections can be very mild or very serious, and MRSA acquired in the hospital or health care setting is a different strain and more serious than MRSA acquired in the community - at home, at school or day care, etc.

Taking simple precautions can prevent the spread of MRSA or other bacterial infections:

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