CA-MRSA infections occur in otherwise healthy people who have not been hospitalized within the past year or had a medical procedure (such as dialysis, surgery or catheters).
People are more likely to get a staph infection if they have:
- Close skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a staph infection
- Contact with items and surfaces that have staph on them
- Openings in their skin such as cuts and scrapes
- Crowded living conditions
- Poor hygiene
To prevent CA-MRSA infections:
- Keep your hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed. Wash hands before and after changing a bandage and dispose of all waste in a trash container.
- Avoid touching other people's wounds or bandages.
- Do not share personal items such as razors, towels, uniforms or other items that may have had contact with an infected wound.
- Disinfect common surfaces such as gym equipment and door knobs.
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