MRSA (methicillin resistant staphlococcus aureus)

Community Acquired MRSA

Staph infections, including MRSA, are pretty common, easily diagnosed and cured skin infections. But on rare occasions this organism can enter the body of an infected person and make them very sick. Usually this happens only in hospitals in very sick people. Poor hygiene and crowded and dirty living conditions can put otherwise healthy people at risk.

What can you do to ensure your continuing good health?

  • Pay attention to your personal hygiene and keep your hands and nails clean.
  • Keep open skin (cuts, pimples and other wounds) covered and clean.
  • Do not touch the open wounds or bandages of others.
  • If you have an open, draining wound, dispose of your dressings by wrapping them in a plastic bag before placing in the trash.
  • If you have any skin rashes or wounds on your body, come to Walker Health Center before 10:30 am M-F or call 312-4100 for an appointment.
  • Keep your room or apartment clean.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Drink alcohol moderately.
  • Do not share your towels, razors, soap, or any other personal items.
  • Clean gym equipment before and after use.

    See also: Center for Disease Control Information on MRSA