Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a skin bacteria that is resistant to commonly-prescribed antibiotics such as penicillin, amoxicillin, and cephalosporins. It is spread by contact, compromised skin, contaminated items and surfaces, and a general lack of cleanliness. About 1 to 5 in every 100 people carries MRSA in their nose or skin and are not sick. The most common types of infections caused by MRSA are skin infections such as abscesses, or boils that appear red, swollen and painful. They usually occur in areas of broken skin, such as cuts or scrapes.