• MRSA in Schools
    What type of infections does MRSA cause?
    In schools most MRSA infections are skin infections that may appear as pustules or boils soapwhich often are red, swollen, painful, or have pus or other drainage. These skin infections commonly occur at sites of visible skin trauma, such as cuts and abrasions, and areas of the body covered by hair (e.g., back of neck, groin, buttock, armpit, beard area of men).
    Almost all MRSA skin infections can be effectively treated by drainage of pus with or without antibiotics. More serious infections, such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections, or bone infections, are very rare in healthy people who get MRSA skin infections.
    How is MRSA transmitted?
    MRSA is usually transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact or contact with shared items or surfaces that have come into contact with someone else's infection (e.g., towels, used bandages).
    In what settings do MRSA skin infections occur?
    MRSA skin infections can occur anywhere.
    Some settings have factors that make it easier for MRSA to be transmitted.