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January 2013
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2013-124
cover of 2013-124

MRSA Can Live on High-Touch Surfaces (Correctional Facilities)

Keep Surfaces and Equipment Clean

  • Use cleaners or detergents for routine cleaning of surfaces.
  • Use sanitizers as needed to reduce the number of germs on surfaces.
  • For surfaces that have drainage from infected skin, clean the surface, and then use an EPA-registered disinfectant to kill the germs.
  • Follow directions on the labels, and use gloves and eye protection as recommended.
  • Frequently touched surfaces include shared work equipment, faucets, shower handles, doorknobs, tabletops, reusable restraints, and exercise equipment.
 
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