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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

What is Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)?

Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that is commonly found on the skin and normally does not cause clinical illness. S. aureus infections can occur, however, and in some cases the bacteria can be resistant to the antibiotic, methicillin. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria that is often resistant to many antibiotics including methicillin, oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin. MRSA infections can be community-acquired, but more serious infections are usually healthcare-acquired. MRSA can cause a variety of infections including sepsis, pneumonia, and bloodstream infections. MRSA can also be found on the skin without causing an infection, this is known as colonization.

IDOH Quick Facts- MRSA

Source: CDC

Source: CDC

General Information About MRSA

The following resources are intended  for the general public or patients who are looking for more information about MRSA.

What is MRSA?, CDC

MRSA for Patients, CDC

Cleaning and Disinfecting, CDC

IDOH Care of Your Skin Infection

Information for Schools and Daycares

The following resources are intended for school and daycare providers as well as parents who may be concerned about MRSA in their child's school.

MRSA Information for Schools and Daycares, CDC

Communicable Disease Reference Guide for Schools

IDOH Quick Facts- MRSA in Schools

MRSA Fact Sheet for Parents, CDC

MRSA Fact Sheet for Parents - Spanish, CDC

MRSA in Early Childhood Care, CDC

Information for Athletes and Athletic Departments

The following resources are intended for coaches, athletic directors, athletes, and parents of athletes.

MRSA Information For Coaches and Athletic Directors, CDC

MRSA Information for Athletes, CDC

Cleaning and Disinfecting Athletic Facilities, CDC

Factsheets and Posters, CDC

Skin Infections in Athletes

A Guide for Coaches