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MRSA in Healthcare Settings

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics called beta-lactams. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin. In the community, most MRSA infections are skin infections. More severe or potentially life-threatening MRSA infections occur most frequently among patients in healthcare settings. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is also called MRSA. For more information, visit CDC's MRSA web site .

Monitoring MRSA

CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network Patient Safety Component includes surveillance methods to identify and track healthcare-associated infections, such as MRSA infections.