“Roosevelt HS Football Player Tests Positive for MRSA”
“MRSA Reported in Covington School”
“Wantagh School District: Staff Member Treated for MRSA”
Straight from the headlines, on any given day you will find hundreds of reports on cases of MRSA and other communicable diseases. It appears in schools, in offices, and in places that we generally consider safe. So what is this bacteria and why is it so important that the public be made aware? Moreover, what can you do to prevent it?
Five Things You Should Know About MRSA
1. It’s a Bacteria: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium that causes infections in different parts of the body. It’s sometimes called a “superbug” because it’s resistant to some commonly used antibiotics. Symptoms range from mild infections on the skin, which look like sores or boils, to more serious skin infections that can enter the bloodstream and seriously damage organs like the lungs or urinary tract.
2. It’s Everywhere: MRSA is naturally found on the skin and in the noses of about 2% of healthy people, most of whom have no idea they’re infected. MRSA normally doesn’t cause disease unless it enters the body. It can grow in wounds and most often presents as skin irritation, but can sometimes cause serious infections. Antibiotics treat bacterial infections but MRSA is resistant to these drugs. The elderly, those with compromised immune systems and very young children are most at risk.
3. It’s Easy to Catch: While those who neglect personal hygiene are frequent carriers, even the cleanest person can spread MRSA. If you share personal items such as towels or razors, you can contract it. You might shake the hand of a person carrying MRSA, or you could touch an object shortly after an infected individual and pick it up that way.
4. There are two main types of MRSA: Healthcare-associated (HA-MRSA) MRSA is found primarily in hospital patients and long-term care residents. The second type, Community-associated (CA-MRSA) MRSA, occurs in ordinarily healthy persons who report no contact with healthcare facilities. Gyms, schools, prisons, and other highly-trafficked areas are common sources for CA-MRSA, but it can be difficult to pinpoint the center of an outbreak if it’s widespread in nature.
5. You Can Protect Yourself: You can help reduce the risk of contracting MRSA by regularly washing your hands and not sharing personal items. Properly treat and dress any open wounds. If an area looks infected, seek medical attention.
Finally, if your home or business does become infected with MRSA, calling a professional cleanup company like Aftermath Services is the best way to prevent the spread of infection. Don’t wait or attempt to handle cleanup alone!
Aftermath technicians are available 24/7, employing fast, discreet methods to handle the situation so that you can protect the health and safety of your family or business. Since 1996, we’ve worked with homeowners as well as schools, law enforcement, and commercial facilities to help prevent the spread of dangerous bacteria and viruses like MRSA, Hepatitis, and HIV. Call 877-872-4339 for immediate assistance, or check out our website for additional information.