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At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To determine whether you are a carrier of the bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and could potentially spread it to other people
When to Get Tested?
When you have no signs or symptoms of an active infection, but a healthcare practitioner wants to determine if you are a MRSA carrier, such as when you are hospitalized
Swab of the nose; occasionally, swab of wound infection site or skin lesion
Test Preparation Needed?