How do I protect myself from getting MRSA?

You can protect yourself by:

  • Practicing good hygiene (i.e., keeping your hands clean by washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and showering immediately after participating in exercise or playing sports)
  • Covering skin trauma such as abrasions or cuts with a clean dry bandage until healed
  • Avoiding sharing personal items (i.e., towels, razors) that come into contact with your bare skin
  • Using a barrier (i.e., clothing or a towel) between your skin and shared equipment such as weight-training benches
  • Maintaining a clean environment by establishing cleaning procedures for frequently touched surfaces and surfaces that come into direct contact with people's skin

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1. What is MRSA?
2. What is Staphylococcus aureus?
3. What type of infections does MRSA cause?
4. How is MRSA transmitted?
5. In what settings do MRSA skin infections occur?
6. How do I protect myself from getting MRSA?
7. Should schools close because of an MRSA infection?
8. Should the school be closed to be cleaned or disinfected when an MRSA infection occurs?
9. Should the entire school community be notified of every MRSA infection?
10. Should the school be notified that my child has an MRSA infection?
11. Should students with MRSA skin infections be excluded from attending school?
12. Is it safe to have contact with persons who are infected with MRSA or those who may be carriers?