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Is MRSA Contagious?

Updated on December 7, 2010

There is nothing worse then seeing one of your family members, friends or roommates getting sick. Yes, it is very saddening to see them in pain, but there is also something in the back of your head hoping that you do not catch whatever is making them feel so horrible. Contagious viruses and diseases are all over the place floating around in the air and on our bodies. Some are more harmful than others. Staph infections are incredibly contagious, and one of the most contagious is the MRSA staph infection.


MRSA, as like other staph infections, is found on a persons skin or in their nose. The spread of the infection is very easy. A brush against someone's side, or even being around when someone is sneezing could potentially cause the spread of the disease. They call MRSA a Superbug because of how incredibly easy it is to spread the infection. The interesting thing with MRSA however, is that healthy people can carry and spread the MRSA. The only time you can truly become affected buy it, is if it enters the body, usually through a cut or break in the skin. However, people with weakened immune systems are more likely to be easily effected by MRSA.

MRSA infections are more commonly to happen in hospitals and other similar places like nursing homes. The spread of this infection is easier because the people in these places already have weakened immune systems or are very old. However, MRSA in recent years has started to become more dangerous, appearing in places other than health care institutions. The infection can appear in people who have not been hospitalized or had any surgery within the past year. Even people without weakened immune systems have contracted the infection. About 12% of all MRSA infections are now community-based infections, with the number rapidly increasing.

As stated early, spreading this Superbug is incredibly easy. The only way to prevent the spread, even if you don't know you have it, it though proper hygiene. Keeping your hands clean, as well as any cuts or scrapes clean and covered is the best way to prevent the spread. Not sharing personal items like towels, clothing and combs are also ways to stop the spread of MRSA and other staph infections. MRSA is a serious infection and it is important to not take things lightly.


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