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.