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What is MRSA? (correctional officers).
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2013-117, 2013 Jan; :1
What is MRSA? MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a germ that lives on the skin and in the nose. An untreated MRSA infection can become very serious. MRSA usually starts as a bump on the skin. It can be red, full of pus, warm, painful, or swollen, and may look like a spider bite. If you have a skin sore: Contact a nurse or doctor right away; Don't touch or pop the sore; Don't touch the pus or drain it yourself; Cover the sore with a bandage. How does MRSA spread? MRSA spreads when people touch infected skin, pus, or surfaces where it is present; Surfaces include personal items, such as razors, clothing, towels, and bedsheets; Surfaces include things commonly used by everybody, such as doorknobs and gym equipment; MRSA can spread by tattooing done by inmates.
Skin-diseases; Skin-disorders; Skin-infections; Infection-control; Infectious-diseases; Microorganisms; Bacteria; Bacterial-disease; Bacterial-infections; Prison-workers; Law-enforcement-workers; Correctional-facilities; Administration; Work-environment; Worker-health; Surveillance-programs
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2013-117; B20130206
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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