Were you looking for information on MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Infection? Mercer disease is a common misspelling of MRSA.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a disease caused by a bacterium. The S. aureus bacteria typically enter a person's system through a cut or scrape in the skin. Transmission can occur through direct skin-to-skin contact or contact with a surface that is infected with the bacteria.
While it certainly is a contagious disease, MRSA is more likely to occur in some situations than in others. For example, factors that make it easier for MRSA to be transmitted include:
- Frequent skin-to-skin contact
- Compromised skin (cuts or abrasions)
- Contaminated items and surfaces
- Lack of cleanliness.
Not everyone who has MRSA will actually develop an infection. This is known as colonization. What is this? Colonization means that a person is carrying a specific type of bacteria but does not have any signs or symptoms of illness that this particular bacterium can cause.
(Click MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Infection to learn more about this disease, including additional risk factors, possible symptoms, treatment options, the diagnostic process, and more. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)