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 student 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
Links to Additional Facts about CA-MRSA
Allegheny County Health Department
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention