Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus MRSA is a disease caused by bacteria. The bacteria is found on the skin and in the nose of 30-50% of the population in Australia. The MRSA bacteria commonly causes wound infections and can also cause other serious and sometimes fatal infections, including bone and bloodstream infections.
MRSA has acquired a resistance to the standard antibiotics used for treating such disease. Levels of MRSA are present at all health care facilities in Australia. Infants, chronically ill patients, the elderly and immunosuppressed are most at risk of contracting MRSA. As with most bacteria, the most common cause of transmission is via the hands. In the US, 52 people die every day with MRSA infection. The US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) recommend frequent use of hand sanitisers as an important means to stopping the spread of MRSA.
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