What Is Merca?

Were you looking for information on MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Infection? "What is merca?" is a common misspelling of "what is MRSA?"
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an infection with a specific type of bacteria. MRSA is different from a "regular" staph infection in that the bacteria are impervious to the effects of antibiotics like penicillin and methicillin. Thus, once a diagnosis has been confirmed, additional tests are needed to determine what antibiotics may be useful in treating this disease.
MRSA was once primarily confined to healthcare settings, like hospitals and nursing homes. However, it is now quite common in the community at large, making the disease a serious concern for public health officials. Some people are more likely to become infected than others, but the risk can be minimized by:
  • Washing your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water
  • Keeping cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed
  • Avoiding sharing personal items, such as towels, washcloths, razors, clothes, or uniforms.
(Click MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Infection to learn more about this potentially serious condition, including how it is transmitted, possible symptoms, the history of the disease, and more. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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