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Fast facts on MRSA

Here are some key facts about MRSA. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.

  • MRSA is a form of bacterial infection that is resistant to numerous antibiotics.
  • "Staphylococcus aureus" refers to a bacterium that commonly resides inside the nose and on human skin.
  • Around one in three people carry staph in their nose, usually without any illness. Two in 100 people carry MRSA.
  • The majority of invasive MRSA infections are contracted with healthcare settings.
  • Germ-killing soaps and ointments used in intensive care units have been found to significantly reduce MRSA cases.