MRSA is an infection that is caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (or staph). Most of these infections happen in health care settings and can be fatal if untreated. The images below show infants with MRSA and staph infections.
- MRSA and staph can be prevented through practicing good hygiene.
- Estimates say that about 25% to 30% of people have staph, but this does not mean it's an infection unless it breaks on the skin.
- Doctor's often treat any infection of this nature as a staph before diagnosing MRSA.