• MRSA - 'Staph' Infection

    What you should know about MRSA and how to prevent it!


    MRSA (Mur-sa) is a type of "staph" infection that is resistant to many antibiotics and frequently causes skin infections.

    What do MRSA infections look like?

    Often a MRSA infection will look like a spider bite, a boil, abscess or turf burn.

    How is MRSA spread?

    MRSA skin infections are generally spread by skin-to-skin contact or by direct contact with the infected wound drainage. MRSA may also be spread by contact with contaminated surfaces or things such as sports equipment or personal hygiene items. MRSA skin infections are not spread through the air.

    How do you prevent and control the spread of MRSA?

    Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water is not available. Avoid sharing personal items such as bar soap, towels, washcloths, razors, clothing or athletic equipment. Report any suspicious skin infection to your healthcare provider immediately. If you participate in sports, shower immediately after each practice, game, or match. Wear practice uniforms only once; wash with soap and hot water, dry in hot dryer. Avoid contact with skin infection of others.

    More Information

    The following links will provide more information about MRSA or "staph" infection from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):