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About MRSA

What is MRSA?

MRSA is the common name for the bacteria Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. It is also sometimes called a “superbug” and is a form of the common bacteria Staphlyococcus Aureus (SA) which has become resistant to some antibiotic treatments.
 
Like many other bacteria it can live on your skin and inside your nose. Healthy people do not usually have any ill effects from MRSA bacteria and can go about their daily lives normally.
 
Problems arise when the bacteria get into an open wound and cause an infection. It then becomes difficult to treat because MRSA has developed resistance to the common antibiotics used to treat SA, but it can still be treated.