MRSA affects mission readiness

| June 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Wayne Combs
U.S. Army Public Health Command (Provisional)

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA, is a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections.

A breakout of MRSA can have a devastating impact on unit readiness and accomplishing the mission.

Americans visit the doctor approximately 12 million times each year to get checked for suspected MRSA skin infections, but a few simple steps can prevent and reduce the spread of MRSA.

Recognizing signs and receiving treatment for MRSA skin infections in the early stages reduces the chances of the infection becoming severe.

It is especially important to contact a health care professional if a fever accompanies signs and symptoms of an MRSA skin infection.

Most staph skin infections, including MRSA, appear as a bump or infected area on the skin that may be red, swollen, painful, warm to the touch and full of liquid.

MRSA is spread through direct contact with another person’s infection.

Sharing or touching personal items, such as towels, razors or used bandages, can spread MRSA.

If you suspect an MRSA skin infection, cover the area with a bandage and contact your health care professional.

Treatment for skin infections may include having a health care professional drain the infection and possibly prescribe an antibiotic.

Do not attempt to drain the infection yourself. Doing so could worsen the infection or spread it to others.

If you are given an antibiotic, be sure to take all of the doses even if the infection is getting better, unless a health care professional tells you to stop taking it.

Protect yourself, your family and your unit against MRSA skin infections. Know the signs of MRSA skin infections and get treated early.

Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered. Encourage good hygiene, such as cleaning hands regularly. Discourage sharing of personal items, such as towels and razors.

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