MRSA Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Students Fight MRSA!
Students Fight MRSA! is a grassroots effort led by Independence Blue Cross, The Health Care Improvement Foundation, and The Franklin Institute to raise awareness about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, an infection that has impacted schools throughout the region.
Learn more about MRSA and tips on preventing the spread at www.studentsfightmrsa.com.
What is MRSA?
MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It causes a serious skin infection that is resistant several common antibiotics. MRSA is spread through close skin-to-skin contact and has affected schools throughout our region.
To help prevent MRSA:*
- Practice good hygiene.
- Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.
- Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages.
- Avoid sharing personal items, such as towels, washcloths, razors, or clothes.
- Wash soiled sheets, towels and clothes in hot water with bleach and dry in a hot dryer.
- If a wound appears to be infected, see a healthcare provider.
*National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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