Were you looking for information about MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Infection? Mersa disease is a common misspelling and variation of MRSA infection.
Over the last several decades, MRSA has escalated from a controllable condition to a public health concern. MRSA is an acronym for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This strain of bacteria is becoming more and more difficult to treat because it is resistant to so many antibiotics. The disease used to be acquired mostly in hospitals, but is now emerging more frequently in the community.
Symptoms are not always present in a person with MRSA. When symptoms do occur, they typically affect the skin. One of the most common signs is a single red bump on the skin that looks like a pimple or a boil (the skin may also be painful, swollen, and red). MRSA skin infections are frequently confused with spider bites.
(To read the full eMedTV article on this disease, click MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Infection. This article explains how your healthcare provider will make a diagnosis and why infections don't always occur in people who are carriers of the bacteria. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)