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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
What is MRSA?
Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that is found on the skin (armpit, groin, and genital areas) and in the nose of many people and normally does not cause illness. When these germs enter the body through a break in the skin, they can cause infections such as, pimples and boils, or serious infections such as, bloodstream infections, pneumonia, or surgical site infections. MRSA is a specific type of Staphylococcal infection that is resistant to many kinds of antibiotics, making it more difficult to treat.
Page last updated: October 22, 2018
Page last reviewed: October 22, 2018