Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Common Name(s)

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA, Staphylococcus aureus strains resistant to multiple antibiotics

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is an infection caused by a particular strain of Staphylococcus bacteria that is resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Staphylococcus is a group of bacteria that can cause a range of diseases. Staphylococcus (often called staph, pronounced “staff”) is normally found in the nose and on the skin of 25-30% of the healthy population and generally causes no problems. Most staph infections, including MRSA start as small red bumps on the skin that resemble a pimple, boil or spider bite. Sometimes MRSA remains on the skin and causes painful sores requiring surgical drainage. Other times MRSA bacteria can burrow much deeper causing life-threatening infections of the bones, joints, bloodstream, lungs, or heart. At-risk people include those in medical facilities, especially those having surgeries, artificial joints, catheters or other invasive procedures where there may be openings or wounds in the body for the MRSA to enter. These cases are called health care -associated MRSA (HA-MRSA). In addition, MRSA can be spread in the community (community-associated MRSA or CA-MRSA) by skin-to-skin contact. At-risk individuals may include wrestlers who have close skin-to-skin contact, childcare workers or those living in crowded conditions. Homosexual men also have a higher risk for MRSA.

MRSA is diagnosed by taking a tissue sample of the affected area or nasal secretion samples to detect the presence of the MRSA bacteria. Because MRSA is resistant to many of the commonly used antibiotics, it is more difficult to treat. However, both HA-MRSA and CA-MRSA, still respond to certain antibiotics. Alternative treatment may include surgical drainage of the area of concern on the skin. If you think you may have MRSA or been exposed to it, please see a specialist to determine your risk. If you have MRSA, you may find it helpful to reach out to a support group in addition to talking with your doctor and specialists

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus" returned 2341 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Molecular characterisation of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolated at a large referral hospital in Zambia.
 

Author(s): Mulemba Tillika Samutela, Annie Kalonda, James Mwansa, Chileshe Lukwesa-Musyani, John Mwaba, Enoch Mulowa Mumbula, Darlington Mwenya, Edgar Simulundu, Geoffrey Kwenda

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is globally recognized as an important public health problem. Whereas comprehensive molecular typing data of MRSA strains is available, particularly in Europe, North America and Australia, similar information is very limited in sub-Saharan ...

Last Updated: 23 May 2017

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Hospital Dissemination of tst-1-Positive Clonal Complex 5 (CC5) Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
 

Author(s): Min Wang, Yi Zheng, Jose R Mediavilla, Liang Chen, Barry N Kreiswirth, Yajun Song, Ruifu Yang, Hong Du

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), is one of the most prevalent clinical pathogens isolated from hospital settings, and has increasingly identified in community settings. In China, the SCCmecIII-ST239 strains are disseminated in different geographic regions, accounting ...

Last Updated: 14 Apr 2017

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Prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection and the molecular characteristics of MRSA bacteraemia over a two-year period in a tertiary teaching hospital in Malaysia.
 

Author(s): Pik San Sit, Cindy Shuan Ju Teh, Nuryana Idris, I-Ching Sam, Sharifah Faridah Syed Omar, Helmi Sulaiman, Kwai Lin Thong, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Sasheela Ponnampalavanar

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an established pathogen that causes hospital- and community-acquired infections worldwide. The prevalence rate of MRSA infections were reported to be the highest in Asia. As there is limited epidemiological study being done in ...

Last Updated: 14 Apr 2017

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The terms "Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus" returned 117 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The changing face of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
 

Author(s): P Kale, B Dhawan

Journal: Indian J Med Microbiol. ;34(3):275-85.

 

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an important cause of infection, both in hospitalised patients with significant healthcare exposure and in patients without healthcare risk factors. Community-acquired methicillin-resistant S. aureus (CA-MRSA) are known for their ...

Last Updated: 12 Aug 2016

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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Nasal Colonization in Chinese Children: A Prevalence Meta-Analysis and Review of Influencing Factors.
 

Author(s): Jialing Lin, Yang Peng, Ping Xu, Ting Zhang, Chan Bai, Dongxin Lin, Qianting Ou, Zhenjiang Yao

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To determine the pooled prevalence and review the influencing factors of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) nasal colonization in Chinese children.

Last Updated: 22 Jul 2016

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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Control in the 21st Century: Laboratory Involvement Affecting Disease Impact and Economic Benefit from Large Population Studies.
 

Author(s): Lance R Peterson, Donna M Schora

Journal: J. Clin. Microbiol.. 2016 Nov;54(11):2647-2654.

 

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is a global health care problem. Large studies (e.g., >25,000 patients) show that active surveillance testing (AST) followed by contact precautions for positive patients is an effective approach for MRSA disease control. ...

Last Updated: 16 Jun 2016

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Combination Antibiotic Therapy for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

 

Last Updated: 13 Apr 2017

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Last Updated: 26 Feb 2016

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Aerosolized Vancomycin in Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Pneumonia Under Mechanical Ventilation
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Pneumonia, Staphylococcal; Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

 

Last Updated: 2 Mar 2017

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