MRSA Transmission

Contact With a Contaminated Surface

The third way that MRSA can be transmitted is through direct contact with a contaminated surface. Both types of MRSA can be spread through touching a contaminated surface.
Although it is more common to acquire MRSA through direct contact with a contaminated healthcare provider, hospitalized patients may also acquire MRSA from contaminated surfaces. One study showed that things more commonly contaminated in hospital rooms include:
  • Bedside rails
  • Blood pressure cuffs
  • Television remote controls
  • Toilet seats.
Transmission through touching contaminated surfaces is probably more common in community-associated MRSA. Community-associated MRSA can be spread when contaminated personal items from affected individuals are shared. This includes things such as towels, bedding, uniforms, razors, washcloths, and sporting equipment.
This is why MRSA transmission is more commonly seen in the military, athletic settings, and other situations where there is close contact.

How Long After Transmission Do Symptoms Occur?

When someone becomes infected with MRSA, they do not immediately have any signs or symptoms; it takes about 1 to 10 days on average for symptoms to start. However, inside the person's body, the MRSA bacteria are multiplying. This period between MRSA transmission and the beginning of MRSA symptoms is called the "MRSA incubation period."

MRSA Staph Infection

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