What is MRSA?

Q: What is MRSA?


A: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus is the full name of these nasty bacteria. MRSA have been around for decades and until relatively recently, were found almost exclusively in hospitals. Now we're finding the bacteria in healthy children and adults with relatively small infections that become more painful, swollen or red than is normal. It is estimated that as many as 100,000 people will be diagnosed with MRSA this year; about 25,000 of them will develop an infection. When caught early enough, these infections are almost always treatable at home with oral antibiotics, so please pay attention to any pimples, scrapes or cuts anyone in your family gets.