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MRSA is a contagious infection typically spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or a contaminated surface (such as a towel or bandage). Although MRSA infections most frequently affect people who have weakened immune systems, these infections can occur in anyone. However, MRSA infections tend to occur more often in certain settings, such as dormitories, correctional facilities, and daycare centers.
What Is MRSA and How Is It Contagious?Staphylococcus aureus, or S. aureus, is commonly known as "staph." This bacterium was discovered in the 1880s. During this era, S. aureus infection commonly caused painful skin and soft tissue conditions, such as boils, scalded-skin syndrome, and impetigo. It was also known to occasionally progress to very serious infections in the blood or lead to pneumonia.
- Frequent skin-to-skin contact
- Compromised skin (i.e., cuts or abrasions)
- Contaminated items and surfaces
- Lack of cleanliness.