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General information - Staphylococcus aureus

Author(s)Health Protection Agency (HPA)
AbstractThis online factsheet provides information on Staphylococcus aureus including answers to frequently asked questions such as;
What is Staphylococcus aureus?
What illnesses are caused by Staphylococcus aureus?
How is Staphylococcus aureus infection treated?
What is MRSA?
Is MRSA treatable
Who is at risk of MRSA infection?
What is the prevalence of MRSA in the UK?
What is the cause of the rise in MRSA infections in the UK?
How is MRSA spread?
What happens if I get an MRSA infection?
Can a patient with MRSA have visitors?
How do you measure MRSA bacteraemia rates?
Is there any value in screening new patients to ensure they are not bringing MRSA into the hospital with them?
Can MRSA be passed on by cleaning teams?
Can it be carried on cutlery, plates, clothing, curtains, sheets, cushions etc?
What decontamination methods can be used on people, wards, clothing etc
What research is being done to find better ways of protecting against the spread of MRSA?
What is community-acquired MRSA?
Is C-MRSA a different infection than Hospital acquired MRSA?
How common is C-MRSA in the UK?
Who is more at risk of contracting C-MRSA?
How is C-MRSA treated?
Date of last revision by publisher07/18/2006
Date of last review by us08/01/2007
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