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MRSA Facts for Handwashing Week
Date:12/4/2007

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In conjunction with National Handwashing Week December 2-8, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology presents information on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). For more information, visit http://www.preventinfection.org.

So what's the story with MRSA?

MRSA is a bacteria that is resistant to Methicillin and many other antibiotics. MRSA infections often start as small red bumps that resemble pimples, boils or spider bites. In very rare cases, the infection becomes widespread in the body and is so severe that the person dies. This is a small number of people compared to the number with treatable skin and soft tissue infections, or those who have the germ on their skin with no symptoms of infection at all.

How can you protect yourself and your family?

Handwashing is the most important way to protect yourself against MRSA. Wash with soap and water for 20-30 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an antiseptic hand cleaner that contains at least 60% alcohol.

A clean environment also helps stop the spread of disease. In sports and gym classes, it's very important that equipment is disinfected between uses. Wrestling and tumbling mats, protective helmets and pads, and any shared clothing must be sanitized after each use.

After sports or gym class, kids need to shower with soap. Towels should never be shared, and all sports clothing must be laundered after each use.

What happens if you get a MRSA infection?

Visit your healthcare provider who may open and drain the wound. Small wounds often do not need antibiotics. If you do get antibiotics, be sure to take them exactly as prescribed. If your infection gets worse, or you have a fever, seek medical attention.

To prevent spread to others, keep wounds covered with a bandage that doesn't leak. Wash hands thoroughly before and after changing the dressing. It is safe to go to school or work as long as the dressing will stay in place and not leak. If the drainage becomes worse, seek medical attention.

APIC's mission is to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks of infection and other adverse outcomes. The Association's more than 11,000 members have primary responsibility for infection prevention and hospital epidemiology around the globe. APIC advances its mission through education, research, collaboration, practice guidance, public policy, and credentialing. Visit APIC online at http://www.apic.org


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