MRSA - Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
MRSA Infections in the Community Setting (CA-MRSA) 
CA-MRSA is spread in the community primarily through contact with infected people or contact with contaminated items and surfaces.


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.
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  • 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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