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How to Help Prevent the Spread of MRSA

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To help reduce the spread of MRSA at home, you can use these practical tips

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (aka MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to several antibiotics. It generally causes skin infections, but in some cases, it can cause pneumonia and other ailments. Frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and kids’ toys are just a few places that can carry staph.

To help reduce the spread of MRSA at home, you can use these practical tips:

Tips at Home

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds — the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice — or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer1
  • Disinfect hard, nonporous surfaces using an EPA-registered disinfectant, such as Clorox® Regular Bleach2, and use a clean cloth to avoid spreading MRSA from one surface to another.
    • Wash and rinse surface with water
    • Mix 1/2 cup of Clorox® Regular Bleach2 in 3/4 gallon of water
    • Wipe area with bleach solution and let solution stand for 10 minutes
    • Rinse well and air dry
  • Cover your cuts with a clean, dry bandage until healed
  • Keep to yourself and do not share personal items, such as towels or razors, which come into contact with bare skin
  • Use a barrier, such as a towel or clothing, between skin and shared equipment.

1. https://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/community/index.html
2. Clorox Master Label