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MRSA is spread by touching people, objects or surfaces that have the bacteria on them. People staying in hospital are most at risk of getting it.

MRSA often starts as a skin infection causing redness, pain and swelling. It can also spread to other areas like the lungs, bones and urinary tract.

MRSA is usually treated with antibiotics. You may also need to have the MRSA bacteria removed from your skin using special washes and creams.

Wash your hands often and look after any wounds to prevent MRSA. If visiting someone in hospital clean your hands before and after going to the ward.

MRSA is a type of bacteria that can cause serious infections because it's resistant to several antibiotics.

Page last reviewed: 24/03/2020
Next review due: 24/03/2023