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Staph Infections and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

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Signs and Symptoms

Healthcare-associated MRSA
In the hospital, MRSA can cause very serious infections that spread to vital parts of the body. Depending on the location of the infection, it can cause signs and symptoms associated with:

  • Pneumonia, such as cough, fever, shortness of breath
  • Blood infection (bacteremia) and sepsis, such as fever, chills, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate
  • Infection of surgical sites, such as a red, swollen painful incision that does not heal

Community-acquired MRSA
In the community, MRSA infections most commonly affect the skin. They often appear:

  • In the beginning, as small red bumps that look like pimples or spider bites
  • As red, swollen, painful pustules with draining fluid or pus
  • In areas with cuts or abrasions of the skin
  • In areas of the skin with hair, such as the back of the neck, groin or armpit

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