MRSA FAQs

What is MRSA?  Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics.

Who’s at risk? Athletes in high-physical-contact sports such as wrestling, football, and rugby are most at risk, but anyone can become infected.

How is MRSA spread? Factors that have been associated with the spread of MRSA skin infections include: close skin-to-skin contact, openings in the skin such as cuts or abrasions, contaminated items and surfaces, crowded living conditions, and poor hygiene.

How can an athlete prevent MRSA?  1) Practice good physical hygiene, such as hand washing.  2) Wash uniforms and clothing after each use.  3) Never share items that come in contact with your skin (ex: clothing, towels, soap, etc.). 4) Bandage all wounds until healed.

What are the symptoms of MRSA?  Look for signs of infections such as redness, warmth, swelling, pus, and pain at sites where your skin has sores, abrasions, or cuts.  Sometimes infections are confused with spider bites.

What should I do if I have a wound?  Tell your parents, coaches, school nurse, or a healthcare provider if you think you have an infection.  Prompt treatment is important.

Where can I get more information about MRSA?  The information above was gleaned from the CDC website.  For more details, follow this link:  http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/index.html