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How is MRSA contagious ?


Asked by 2mothershelpers at 1:28 PM on Mar. 9, 2009 in Health

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  • It depends on where the MRSA is.  If you have MRSA in your sputum (spit) or naires (nose) then it can be transmitted in droplet form to a person standing at conversation distance if the person infected with MRSA has a productive cough.  If they have MRSA in a wound you can get it by touching the wound or touching something the wound has touched unprotected.  MRSA can also enter the body and infect organs and internal body tissues when wounds tunnel deeply or if a surgery field was not completely sterile during an operation.  The elderly and those who have weakened immune systems due to illness are most susceptible.  MRSA is responsible for hundreds of thousands of hospital deaths each year.  It enters your body through openings (eyes, mouth, wounds).  If you're young and healthy and contract it, there is a good chance of survival and recovery.


    Answer by NovemberLove at 1:38 PM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • Sharing personal things or having someone infected come into contact with an open wound on yourself.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 1:32 PM on Mar. 9, 2009

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    Answer by ReneeK3 at 1:33 PM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • MRSA, as like other staph infections, is found on a persons skin or in their nose. The spread of the infection is very easy. A brush against someone's side, or even being around when someone is sneezing could potentially cause the spread of the disease. healthy people can carry and spread the MRSA virus. The only time you can truly become affected buy it, is if it enters the body, usually through a cut or break in the skin. However, people with weakened immune systems are more likely to be easily effected by MRSA.

    Answer by happy1mom at 1:33 PM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • Yes,where we live,the high school had about 12 cases of it,they closed the school down for 2 days,to sanitize.It was'nt just our school but a couple in Va.

    Answer by Val504 at 2:33 PM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • My daughter has been getting mrsa since she was 1 year of age. I have never gotten this though, and nither has my husband. Some people have mrsa living on their skin and can get it once in a lifetime, or repeatedly get it. The deadly mrsa is in nursing homes, and hospitals.. The kind that most people contact is through the community, and it ISN"T deadly. It is something that they can treat with bactroban. Their are 3 antibiotics for this, and it can be cured... but some people just keep getting it like I said. Good hand washing after coming in contact with it is the key element! Oh yes, and my daughter's mrsa is on her diaper area. IT isn't a deadly form. People assume that every form is deadly. But mrsa can present itself in many different forms!

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:38 PM on Mar. 9, 2009