What places in the community can you find high incidences of MRSA ?
Outbreaks of MRSA infections are seen regularly in hospitals and healthcare facilities.
Nursing homes or long-term care facilities tend to experience even higher rates of reported cases
People who are treated in hospitals with broad spectrum antibiotics known as quinolones, are also
at greater risk of contracting MRSA. Unfortunately, hospital facilities provide numerous
opportunities for Staphylococcus aureus bacteria to come into contact with a broad range of
antibiotics and, through genetic change and survival, go on to develop resistance to many of
The use of catheters or intravenous drips in patients can allow MRSA to infiltrate the body
through their entry point into the skin.
It can be common for MRSA to be transmitted from the health care provider to the patient.
This can happen, for example, when healthcare providers move about from one patient to another
without them routinely undertaking necessary hand-washing techniques between patients.
Hospitals often have patients in close proximity to each other. This closeness increases the
possibility of MRSA spreading and infecting other patients. Where patients are hospitalized
in separate rooms the risk of MRSA infection is reduced.
Prisons and detention centers suffer from overcrowding and have witnessed a rise in the number of
cases where inmates or detainees have been diagnosed with MRSA.
In gyms and locker rooms the number of reported outbreaks of MRSA have been on the rise. It
is believed that MRSA colonization and infection through skin contact in these locations is to
MRSA has also become more prevalent in pediatric environments including hospital nurseries and
child care facilities.
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