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Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant stapholococcus auerus (CA-MRSA) Resources

Overview of Community-Associated MRSA (Centers For Disease Control)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph that is resistant to certain antibiotics. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin and amoxicillin. Staph infections, including MRSA, occur most frequently among persons in hospitals and healthcare facilities (such as nursing homes and dialysis centers) who have weakened immune systems.

MRSA infections that are acquired by persons who have not been recently (within the past year) hospitalized or had a medical procedure (such as dialysis, surgery, catheters) are known as CA-MRSA infections. Staph or MRSA infections in the community are usually manifested as skin infections, such as pimples and boils, and occur in otherwise healthy people.


CA-MRSA Related Documents
Click on the links below for information about Community-Associatied Methicillin-Resistant stapholococcus auerus (CA-MRSA) in the school setting and strategies for prevention for athletes.

MRSA Fact Sheet, PA Department of Health

MRSA Fact Sheet for Athletes, Allegheny County Health Department

MRSA Brochure for Athletes, Mt. Lebanon School District

MRSA Prevention Strategies for Athletes, Mt. Lebanon School District


Communications

Allegheny Health Department memo on test results for Mt. Lebanon High School turf and field house, 10.19.07

Memo From Allegheny Health Department on recommendation for MRSA testing and guidelines for athletic participation

Letter to High School Parents October 19, 2007 

Letter to High School Parents September 13, 2007



Presentations

Mt. Lebanon School District MRSA PPT 10.16.07

Allegheny County Health Department MRSA PPT 10.16.07


Links to Additional Facts about CA-MRSA 

Allegheny County Health Department 

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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