With the recent death of the Bedford County, Virginia student and today's closing of the schools there for cleaning, I thought it would be prudent to revisit MRSA. This was first posted on July 30, 2007.
Rather than getting into treatment, I want to highlight was that can help PREVENT getting or spreading CA-MRSA.
- Clean your hands frequently with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Keep your linens and clothes clean. Wash sports clothing and washable athletic gear with laundry detergent after each use (not after a week or two of use).
- Do not share personal care items. At home this includes washcloths, towels, and razors. At the gym or school this includes sports towels, sports equipment (helmets, gym mats), uniforms/clothing. Equipment that can't be washed should be cleaned with an antibacterial solution after each use.
- Take care of skin cuts or abrasions before they get infected. Wash them with soap and water, then cover with a dry, sterile bandage daily. Promptly throw away the old bandage. Wash your hands before and after changing the bandages.