Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics making it harder to treat. These bacteria are found on the skin and in the nose of healthy people. Colonization occurs when the bacteria are present in or on the body without causing illness. The bacteria can cause minor or serious infections. Hospital patients are at risk for contracting Staphylococcal infections, including MRSA, if they have been hospitalized for a long time, have an open wound(s) such as a burn, have had recent surgery, or have a tube in their body such as an intravenous (IV) catheter or urinary catheter for an extended amount of time. MRSA most commonly causes skin abscesses. The infection can rarely spread to the blood stream, lungs, bones and joints.
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